-submitted by Travis Flora
“Today, I’d like to say a few words about The Great Pumpkin.” – Linus van Pelt
It’s October, it’s Fall, Halloween is coming, and at my house, it’s time for “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
It’s a great movie, one that I loved as a kid and one that I’ve shared with my own children. It brings back all the best memories of childhood, from choosing the right costume, mapping out the best and most efficient route for Trick or Treating, pawning off all the yucky candy on my siblings (younger brothers and sisters can be so gullible and trusting….).
So what does this have to do with REACH?
Quite a bit, actually.
You see, I love Charlie Brown, but I’m more of Linus man, myself. He’s kind of an idealist, a loyal friend and counselor to those in need, and he winds up with a pretty cute girl who idolizes everything he does. In short, we have a lot in common. 🙂
Throughout the show, Linus tells everyone about The Great Pumpkin, trying to get his friends to believe in this Super Squash so they can enjoy the rewards of their faith. He is mocked, he is ridiculed, he winds up alone and cold in a field.
Notice anything familiar? Just substitute Jesus for The Great Pumpkin and it sounds a lot like what we go through when we proclaim Christ to an unbelieving nation. Or, at least, what we fear will happen.
Linus certainly sees the connection. “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin,” he sagely explains.
The underlying message is that standing up and speaking out have consequences. People don’t like hearing points of view that differ from or challenge their own.
That’s why Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3 –
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (NIV)
This is a challenge to all of us who are followers of Christ. We are commanded to Go, Teach, Baptize, and Make Disciples through the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16).
Yet, we know that not everyone is going to want to hear what we have to say. That’s when we have to dig down deep and find this little thing called…..faith.
Hebrews 11 has examples of lots of people who overcame great obstacles by faith. We can, too.
Like Linus van Pelt, we need to spread the gospel. Instead of talking about a pumpkin who rises up in a field and gives toys and candy, we need to talk about a Savior who has already risen and gives eternal life.
Not all will believe. And we may even find ourselves alone and cold. But remember what happened to Linus? His sister went looking for him, brought him home, put him to bed and covered him up.
We have spiritual brothers and sisters who will do the same thing. We’re here for each other. So go ahead, speak up, spread that gospel. Tell anyone who will listen a few words about Jesus Christ.
REACH is the focus of our midweek blog. Christ’s Great Commission is for His people to “go” into the world, spreading His gospel. This includes all aspects of the good news, both teaching the Word, as well as showing the benevolence toward others that Christ showed through His living example. These blogs will highlight opportunities at Holly Hill for us to REACH into the world around us and make a difference for Christ.