In the New Testament Book of Acts, there’s an interesting encounter between Peter & John and the religious leaders of the time. A crippled man had been healed, and Peter’s teaching had begun to annoy the chief priests. So the religious authorities had them arrested. But as they conferred among themselves, they had to come to terms with the fact that the man’s healing had been a notable sign that was evident to everyone. They came to the conclusion that when it came to the reality of their message, “they could not deny it.”
As I read that passage, I wondered how many things in our lives are beyond denying? How often is a non-believing culture forced to face up to the positive impact we have on the world? Are we doing things the culture can’t deny? Things no one can argue with?
In our book “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back” we share how historians tell us that one of the biggest reasons the early church transformed Roman culture is because they were doing things no one could believe. They were taking in abandoned children, supporting the widows, and sharing their possessions. Roman citizens were stunned by these things because they just weren’t done. But they couldn’t deny the impact.
What are the things we could do that would shock and surprise this culture? What are the acts of sacrifice, service, or love that would force them into a position where they couldn’t deny that the teachings of Jesus must absolutely be true?