Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
This passage of scripture teaches us that the gospel of salvation must be taken into the cities and modern metropolitan areas we live in, for the principles contained in the scriptures apply evenly to country folk and city dwellers alike. As we observe in the above passage, both spiritual and temporal healing took place, because the word of God is given for our eternal and temporal good. After preaching to the people all day, the Lord on one occasion provided temporal food for the multitudes who were obviously hungry and weary after listening with rapt attention to the good news of salvation. Let's read:
12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. 13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
Here we see again that balanced approach in the spreading of the gospel, in that both spiritual and temporal food was provided, for the Lord is not only interested in truths and prophecies and laws and forgiveness, He is also cognizant of our everyday needs and seeks as far as possible, by the instructions given in His word, to promote the physical well being of His earth-born children.
However, one of the reasons why the truths of God's word must be taken into our modern cities and towns, is because the principles contained therein, when received and adopted, can effectively stem the tide of evil and moral depravity which have become hallmarks of most metropolitan areas. Even though evil can now be accessed through the internet by those who live in rural areas, the fact remains that vice and crime are much more readily available in the urban areas, than in places that are sparsely populated.
For instance, the scriptures declare that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot chose as his home, were places where vice and oppression of the darkest hue were fostered and practiced by young and old alike, and thus, in moving to these cities, Lot was able, at least in some measure, to let the inhabitants know of the truths that would be a savor of life unto life. The iniquities that were there practiced are referred to by the prophet Ezekiel, and are also written for the instruction of those who are called to take the truth to town, so that the principles of God's word can be applied directly to the many and varied spiritual diseases that city dwellers often suffer from. Let's read:
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
There alone in the city of Sodom, as the single beacon of light shining amidst the moral darkness that had overspread the populace, Lot tried his best to avert the the evils to which most of the inhabitants had succumbed, by remonstrating against the vile practices which abounded everywhere. Let's read:
Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Whether or not Lot was ever successful in any of his missionary endeavors is anyone's guess, however the fact remains that at least the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were given opportunity to hear and receive the truths that pertained to their eternal well-being. This fact is of pertinence to Christians living in the large urban areas of our day. Like Lot we are surrounded by vice and immorality that have become standard modes of living to many who reside in the cities of our day, and therefore, the responsibility rests with us, not to stand idly by to condemn or judge, but like Lot, to take proactive steps in mitigating as far as possible the steady and determined deterioration of the moral fabric of society.
This is done by bringing the principles of righteousness as delineated in the Bible, to bear against the satanic modes of thought and operation that are being promulgated by those in the higher and lower echelons of society. When the truth comes to town, it is the will of God that all the inhabitants be blessed by the preaching and teaching of the true gospel, for Christ died for country folk as well as for city dwellers.
The gospel work in the cities has too often been neglected on account of the antagonistic views there held to the contrary. We are not to be intimidated by opposition to the truths, for in many cases, a determined opposition is a sign that the consciences of people are being disturbed, which is a first step in the process of repentance and restoration.
We therefore end with a passage of scripture, reminding us of our duty as Christians, to take the good news of God's salvation to a dying world, even into the cities and towns of our day, for the medicine of the gospel must always be applied where it is most needed. Let's read:
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
May we rise courageously to the occasion, for the day of final accounts hastens greatly, and God is still in the business of saving as many as would be saved. "Good night" and God bless!