For you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. (Acts 22:15 NRSV)

William Willimon, professor at Duke Divinity School, remembers when a friend of his visited the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Upon his return he announced that the church behind the Iron Curtain was mostly "irrelevant because the only people there are little old ladies." Dr. Willimon writes, "Looking back now at the collapse of communism, the difficulties of rebuilding the Soviet Union after a long period of spiritual bankruptcy, I hope my friend would now say, `Thank God for the little old ladies.' Their existence provided a continuing, visible, political rebuke to the Soviets."

It would be wonderful if our witness was as effective as that of those little old ladies.

A politician told a reporter, "I think the number one problem in this country is that no one wants to accept responsibility for anything. But don't quote me on that!"

Will we take the responsibility of being a good witness. It probably will be a lot easier than what those little old ladies in Russia had to endure.


Dear Jesus, may I be responsible in sharing my witness with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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