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Time Ran Out

Huey P. Long grew up the son of poor Baptist parents in Northern Louisiana. He got some education in the state and then he went to Oklahoma for a semester and went to law school. Dropped out of law school, came back to the state of Louisiana and by the year of 1935, almost owned the state.

He started running for office and eventually became the governor of the state and vowed that he would one day be the president of the United States. His secretary wrote about his last day on earth.

A young salesman came into the office and said, “I would like to see the governor.” She said, “I am sorry but his schedule is full. He is tied up in a meeting, will be there late into the evening. There is no chance of you seeing him.” He said, “Oh, but I’ve got something that will interest the governor. I think he will want to buy what I have to sell if I could have just a minute or two of his time.” She said, “I am sorry. No chance of that.” The young man was persistent. He said, “Do you mind if I wait?” She said, “It is your time. But you won’t see him.”

He sat there through the afternoon and a part of the evening. She left at about five o’clock. By six o’clock the governor had still not come out of the meeting. By seven o’clock he still had not come out. At about eight o’clock the doors swung open and out walked the governor, his bodyguards, and his aides. The young man walked up to him and said, “Governor, I’ve got something I need to talk to you about. I’ve got an offer I think you’ll be interested in. If you’ll just give me a few minutes, just a minute or two of your time.” And Huey P. Long brushed him aside and said to him, “Young man, today I wouldn’t have time for Jesus Christ.” And he walked out of his office and down the corridor when out from behind one of the columns stepped a thin-faced man in a white suit who stuck a revolver in the stomach of Huey P. Long. Suddenly the man who had no time for Jesus Christ had all of eternity to think about it.

The centurion was right. This is the Son of God, and you ought to receive him. You ought to confess him. You ought to follow him today.

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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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