The Saints Among Us
by Dr. Luder Whitlock
"I think we need to find out why the citizens of the worlds wealthiest, most envied, most powerful country are so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things," said William J. Bennett, our former Secretary of Education. One thing is for certain, as he reminds us, affluence and modernity do not guarantee happiness or meaning. Life seems to be as fragile and difficult as ever, if not more so, as we assess the toll of contemporary stresses and problems on the average person.
That is not to say that everyone is miserable. Some people do not fit Bennetts description. As George Gallup noted, some people have a sense of purpose, are happy, and their marriages and lives hold together. These are "the saints among us," a group of deeply committed believers so different from the rest of the population that he wrote a book about them.
It is worth noting that some evangelical Christians are set apart from the rest of the population as purposeful, happy, and committed to core values that are rooted in the Scriptures. They represent a small percentage of those who are called Christians. And, they are different from the rest because their commitment is expressed in a discerning application to faith and life.
They restore hope in marriage. They make the world around them a better, more beautiful place. They exude a contagious trust in the Lord that demonstrates a quiet unshakable security and optimism.
There are too few "Saints" like that in the midst of the cynicism, hostility, and alienation of our own age, but at RTS we are dedicated to producing more of them as we passionately spread the Gospel, then help those who trust in the Savior to learn how to think and live as the Lord intends so that they too can join the "Saints" among us.
Strange, isnt it, that this century, marked by an abundance of wealth and learning, has experienced such a dearth of true wisdom and happiness. It doesnt have to remain that way. May the fruit of His Holy Spirit bring a better day characterized by "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22,23).
Reformed Quarterly, Volume 17, Issue 1
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