Common Sense...by Dr. J.T. Parish

Dr. J. T. Parish

Dr. W. T. Grenfell tells us in his autobiography that he was converted through D. L. Moody’s common sense; Moody had asked a Minister to lead in prayer at a great meeting. This good man began a long “Oratorial effort.” Young Grenfell was bored and seized his hat to escape, when Moody cried out, “Let us sing a hymn while our brother finishes his prayer.” Grenfell was delighted at the remark. He remained and was won to Christ.

Actually common sense is not all that common. In fact, it is quite rare. In politics and government it is almost non-existent. In the Church it is scarce.

The only real good example of common sense is in the Bible, in the Life of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, died a vicarious death, and arose from the dead. He is God in the flesh.

But Jesus is also a man. He is the God-Man. The one and only mediator between God and Man.

Being the unique Christ you would think He would be so spiritual the average Man could not approach Him. But not so!

Jesus was approachable. He still is. He invited sinners to come to Him. Little children were drawn to Him. Jesus was and is winsome.

His preaching was profound but not difficult or abstract. He spoke of fish being caught in a net, or a sower sowing seed, or a man giving a supper and inviting many. His common sense approach helped attract the crowds. The Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees argued Theology while Jesus spoke to the needs of the people.

Why doesn't the Twenty-First century church speak with the same authority and effectiveness as the first century church?

Could it be a lack of common sense?