August 1; In the Blink of an Eye We Should Be Ready to Preach, Pray or Perish MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK: 365 Daily Bible Verse & One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful
Chapter Eight: Communication; 1 August
A good man brings good things
out of the good stored up in his heart,
and an evil man brings evil things
out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
|In the Blink of an Eye We Should Be Ready to Preach, Pray or Perish|
Your Business Professor married into a whole tribe of Methodist missionaries. I was accepted only because my name begins with John Wesley…
During the courtship there was a theological intramural cage fight of Arminianism (Free Will) vs. Calvinism (Pre Destination)*.
We arrived at a happy compromise: We would rejoice where we agreed and minimize conflict where we did not.
If this were done in an earlier age, it would have saved at least one beheading and whole forests consumed by fire burning “heretics” at stakes. And maybe more smiles from the dour Dutch at the Synod of Dort, 1619.
The compromise was a small bride-price. There were to be no martyrs in our marriage. (As one irreverent wag said, “No one likes a martyr. That’s why they killed so many of them…”)
So we agreed as wedlock loomed: Biblical authority: Evangelism; Personhood: Pro-Life; and, of course, Marriage: One man; one woman. The Christian prenuptial agreement.
(Especially the ‘one woman’ part. My future father-in-law was a Kentucky hunter with a variety of firearms. Cleaned regularly. A country Methodist with a Ph.D. in economics is not to be trifled with.)
The basics would not be entirely centered cerebrally as with the brainy Presbyterians, but also emotionally in the heart. Faith is a knowable known; but must be presented with passion. All selling is the transference of emotion.
As has been said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” And passion sells. We must be emotionally involved with our faith.
The King James Bible, 1611 AD, (affectionately known as the King Jimmie version) says for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
The writer of The Renaissance New Testament, Dr. Randy Yeager, translates this last phrase as Because of the emotional overflow his mouth is always speaking. Yeager explains,
…the mouth cannot refrain from speaking. The heart is the dictator; the mouth is the servant, always ready at the beck and call of the master. (Yeager 1978)
The heart is our master. Under pressure we should not be “thinking” but acting, indeed performing with words coming from our heart. Baseball great Yogi Berra was going deep-Methodist when he supposedly said, “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”
The heart sells.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
*Free Will vs Predestination. The ancient argument pits the Armenians against the Calvinists and hinges on the question, “What does God know and when did He know it?” and continues to “Can The Creator of the Universe be surprised?”
Is The Creator Omniscient in knowing everything, Omnipotent in being all powerful, and Omnipresent is being everywhere at once?