Facing a task unfinished
That drives us to our knees
A need that, undiminished
Rebukes our slothful ease
We, who rejoice to know Thee
Renew before Thy throne
The solemn pledge we owe Thee
To go and make Thee known

Where other lords beside Thee
Hold their unhindered sway
Where forces that defied Thee
Defy Thee still today
With none to heed their crying
For life, and love, and light
Unnumbered souls are dying
And pass into the night

We bear the torch that flaming
Fell from the hands of those
Who gave their lives proclaiming
That Jesus died and rose
Ours is the same commission
The same glad message ours
Fired by the same ambition
To Thee we yield our powers

O Father who sustained them
O Spirit who inspired
Saviour, whose love constrained them
To toil with zeal untired
From cowardice defend us
From lethargy awake!
Forth on Thine errands send us
To labour for Thy sake

Words  by Frank Houghton

Why do we seem to struggle with what could be called intellectual shame? Do we feel the gospel to be true but lack the conviction to believe it to be true for all? Is Christianity, as some see it, nothing but a plea based upon wishful thinking or is it a plea to respond to a God who is real and revealed? Does the lack of our taking up the cross and the mission of Christ indicate the level of our true faith in what that gospel teaches and proclaims?

We act in direct relation to the  level and degree of the intensity of our beliefs.

There are many forms of intellectual struggle which can keep us from our task:

Intellectual struggle is often  caused by cynicism and skepticism which poses questions for which one truly desires no answer. For to seek an answer would lead them to the truth and the truth is far from what they want to hear. For the truth leads to accountability and the cynic or skeptic runs from such a thing.

The other struggle is one of doubt and confusion. These can be addressed. They are the reason we disciple and train. They serve as the function of apologetics.

Why do Christians when asked ‘why’ they became a Christian, often answer with the ‘how’ they became a Christian? Is that an answer to the question? Can we respond to the honest questions of society?

Can we address why the cross was needed? Can we address why a loving God must judge sin? Can we address the question of suffering? Can we answer the question as to will He truly condemn?

Has the church become a group of comfortable people living convenient lives when the truth about the gospel is that it is neither convenient nor comfortable.

When we fail to seek the answers, we fail to take up the challenge to evangelize because we are intellectually shamed. This does not have to be. God is not the author of confusion. He is the revealer of truth. Seek Him out and in the process help others who are trying to do the same…

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