Turn the World on Its Head (Part 1)

I recently read a book entitled “How Christianity Changed the World,” by Alvin J. Schmidt. You may have heard of it. It is a powerful reminder of the overwhelming influence Christianity has had on the world- more than any president, any nation, or any other group of people. It’s not often talked about, but it’s staggering.

Did you know that we have Christianity to thank for:

* hospitals
* the value of human life
* freedom and dignity to women
* charity
* equality
* brotherly love
* the moral code

And more! When people begin trusting in Jesus Christ, it revolutionizes not only their soul, but also their life, their family, their city, and their world. It overflows in to your actions, speech, and all of your being. It’s what the Bible calls the indwelling Christ- the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

Even as early as the book of Acts, Christians were known as having influence throughout the entire world. In fact, they were accused of turning the world on its head!

If you read the account in the book of Acts, chapter 17, Jason and several other followers of Christ were actually dragged from his house and put on trial. Why? Because they were proclaiming the Good News!

Within a matter of years, Christianity had spread throughout the world. The name of Jesus had traveled to distant lands, and Christians had become known for their “unusually holy” lives. They had set a new standard for living, one far beyond that of their counterparts.
So now – 2,000 years later – this is my question: Are we still turning the world on its head? Is your life causing others to question, in a good way, like the early Church? What are you and your ministry doing to stand out? What are you doing to reflect and proclaim Jesus Christ?

To be continued…

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email

About Luis Palau

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. Luis’ radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,000 radio outlets in 48 countries. His outstanding and significant contribution to the field of Christian communications was recognized in 2008 with the National Religious Broadcasters William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes a number of alliances that allow partners in ministry to connect, draw from Palau’s vast experience, and become equipped to reach the world for Christ. More than 200 evangelists are currently a part of the Next Generation Alliance®, and the Livin It® Alliance is dedicated to action sports ministries, film and video outreaches. His book, A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian, quickly became a bestseller in China and released in the United States in February 2008. Luis and his wife, Pat, live in Portland, Oregon, where they have twelve grandchildren and four sons, three of whom are actively involved with the ministry.