I’m amazed at the truth in this verse: Romans 5:6 (NASB):
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
The world in which we live is vastly different from the world in which Christ lived and ministered: two millennia before the Internet, a millennium and half before the printing press. It would seem that the Gospel would have been better served had Christ been born at least at the time of the printing press, and how much more so in the modern age of instant communication? Why did God choose the time of the golden age of the Roman Empire?
The earlier years of the Roman Empire seem like a good time because of the reach of the empire at the time; as well as the relative peace of the empire at the time, the so called Pax Romana, but the best time or more accurately the ‘right’ time?
I, like many others, question God’s timing of nearly every event of my life. Why not at this time God? Why at all? Why not sooner? Why not later?
I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this, but the inspiration for this post is political in nature.
There was a vociferous back and forth between two conservative bloggers about the critique of what appeared to some as a movie trailer that had been produced by a conservative political group and played at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The critique appeared on what many conservatives feel is a ‘liberal’ website. One of the parties writes for the website started by Andrew Breitbart.
Andrew Breitbart passed away a little over a year ago, and since his passing, many have tried to carry on what they feel is his legacy. This post speaks quite well to the ups and downs of passing on his legacy:
After reading this, and having seen other instances in my lifetime of the same battle that goes on amongst devotees after the passing of a visionary leader, I’ve come to understand better why the time in which Christ lived, died, and was raised was the ‘right’ time.
If devotees of a visionary leader can be at one another’s throats within one year of the leader’s passing in this modern age of instant communication and cultural fragmentation, how fragmented and ineffective would Christ’s followers have been if He’d have walked the earth and shared his message in this day and age? How many of those disciples would have started up their own blog or Twitter account or Facebook page? How quickly would the energy and effect of His life, death, and resurrection decomposed? How far-reaching and outlandish would be the conspiracy theories?
Obviously, God’s hand was upon His disciples and His work on earth. No plot or scheme of men can thwart His ultimate purpose, but isn’t it amazing though that He chose a time for the life of His Son and our Savior that maximized the reach of the Gospel while at the same time preserving the integrity and force of the message?
At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly…