It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
—The Apostle Paul (Philippians 1:15–18)
The gospel resonates today. It is a spiritual plot that astonishingly twists and turns through the lives of people who are world renowned as well as others who are unknown. Our next SACONNECTS magazine will carry stories of those unsung heroes who minister in our Eastern Territory. They may be unknown to the world, but nonetheless are living testimonies.
You’ll read about cancer survivors, gospel and stage artists, corps officers, and employees. In their own way they’ve proclaimed that “Jesus is King!”
Such people have inspired the renowned of our day. Since rapper Kanye West recently declared himself a born–again Christian, his “Sunday Service” worship event has motivated thousands of fans to take a deeper look at Christ, to pursue the Bible, and to sing, “Jesus is King!”
Actor Tom Hanks is a church–going Christian and currently stars in the transformational movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” In it he portrays Mr. Fred Rogers, the iconic TV personality—and an ordained minister (read our exclusive interview with Mrs. Joanne Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood).
As you read how Christians follow God’s call, always remember that they are letting the whole world know that “Jesus is King” and people everywhere are watching.
— Warren L. Maye, Editor in Chief