It is sometimes argued that hospitals minister to sick people and schools to ignorant people and the church to sinful people; therefore we should not set too high a standard for our church members. But sick people are expected to get well, and ignorant people are supposed to learn, and Christians should grow and become better. There is no excuse for us to stay babes on milk when we should mature and feed on meat.
DOING BUSINESS WITH CHRIST: PILATE
What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
Pilate had to do business with Jesus, and so must we all. We cannot wash our hands of the whole business any more than could he. We cannot leave Christ alone. The question is not, “What will you do with Jesus?” but “What are you doing with Him now?” We are for or against, we gather with Him or we scatter abroad.
Pilate faced the alternatives of cynicism: “What is truth?”; criminality: “Barabbas or Jesus?”; Caesar: “If thou let this man go thou art not Caesar’s friend.” The issue is always “Christ or…”
This unbelieving world, whether it choose the cynic, the criminal, or Caesar, must do something with Christ. He is inescapable. And men must settle with Christ, not with a church or a preacher. Let us never obscure the issue: what are you doing with Jesus the Christ? “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”