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Keeping It Simple

Perhaps you have heard the story about the preacher who was delivering a deep theological sermon one day when his wife scribbled a note on a piece of paper, folded it up, and handed it to the usher who delivered it to the pastor while he was preaching. The pastor saw on the note the word “KISS.” He thought that was nice of his wife to send a love note while he was preaching and it distracted him momentarily, but he got back into that deep theological subject. It wasn’t long until she pulled out another piece of paper, scribbled on it, and handed it to the usher, and he delivered it again. Once more, it was the same word “KISS.” The pastor thought it was nice, but surely she could wait until after the service was over! He tried to get back into the subject, but before the sermon concluded, she wrote another such note and delivered it to him. Afterward he said to her, “Honey, I appreciate your feelings and thoughtfulness, but surely you could refrain from sending me kisses until I am through preaching.” She said, “Kisses? KISS doesn’t mean kisses. It means Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

There is a need for the preacher to keep it simple. But that same need for simplicity is in every area of life. Even in our faith and our relationship to the Lord, the more we can simplify, the better life becomes.    

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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