A concerned investor called his stockbroker. The volatile stock market was making him nervous. He wasn't sure whether to hold or to sell his stock portfolio. He asked his broker, "What is the market going to do over the next few months?" His broker responded, "I think we can be pretty certain the market will either go up or go down."
That investor should probably fire his wisecracking stockbroker, but we really don't know what the market will do from one day to the next. We know nothing about what tomorrow might bring. Nor can we predict what changes or events might take place in our culture, or how those changes might reshape our world in the future.
There have been some bright visionaries who have missed the significance of certain things. Thomas Watson, former Chairman of IBM, was quoted in 1943 as saying, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Ken Olson, who founded Digital Equipment Corporation, said in 1977, "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." No one had any idea what an impact the computer would have on the world. Often, what appears to be small and insignificant can - and will - ultimately change the world.
In this issue you will read about a graduate of MIT who worked as a rocket scientist. He made a mistake in his life and is now serving out a prison sentence. Having placed his faith in Christ, he is studying through the RTS Virtual Campus for future ministry. What great things might the Lord do through this young man? Perhaps produce another Chuck Colson?
Andre Murzin was reared as an atheist behind the Iron Curtain in Ukraine. Evangelized by visiting Christians, Andre will complete his studies at RTS-Jackson in May 2003 and plans to return to Ukraine to minister. Will he be a transforming leader in this former Soviet state?
Also, there is Mike Herrin, RTS graduate and young pastor in Mississippi, who is in a position to bring tremendous influence for Christ in his denomination. God can lift up any, or all, of these young men to have an extraordinary impact upon our world for Christ.
However, we are all too aware it has not looked good lately for the Church in the world. We see world opposition to Christianity. Christians and the Church are being persecuted in every nation on earth - some Christians even losing their lives because of their faith. So often today truth does not seem to prevail. How should we respond? With faith and confidence and with perseverance.
God often uses people and events that appear small and insignificant to accomplish His great purposes. A small seminary in Mississippi has grown to have campuses throughout the South and even overseas. RTS is producing graduates who will change congregations and perhaps denominations, or even entire countries.
God makes no mistakes. We find ourselves
at this time in history, in a world such as this, for a reason. Our calling
is still the same: "Go ye therefore into all the world and make disciples,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit" (Matthew 28: 19). As we are faithful to that Great Commission,
who knows what God might do through RTS, our graduates or perhaps through
you! Often, what appears to be small and insignificant can - and will
- ultimately change the world.
Reformed Quarterly, Volume 22, Number 1-2