I am second….

This is in reference to a video ministry with a bunch of celebrities, called “I am second”

I have to say, after sampling a few videos, I  don’t agree with the premise nor the execution. And here’s why:

In the ‘about us’ section on their site:

“I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you.”

I like the idea of giving solid testimony, because it is an excellent way to share the gospel. But it’s unfortunate because they don’t do either. However, solid testimony is not dependent on how miraculous a story is and how famous the person is. That’s the premise they seem to be operating on. Sure, it’s a good story, but that’s all it is; a story. It’s not a testimony of the changing power of the Holy Spirit once someone is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no gospel message in these videos (as far as I have seen).

They seem to be sharing the “God had a plan for your life” gospel. But let me tell you, that’s not good news. In fact that’s bad news, because according to Jesus in Luke 9:23, being a follower of Christ meant you had to “take up your cross” to follow Him. The cross is probably the most vile and detestable instruments of suffering and death of all time. Jesus is guaranteeing that the life of faith is not easy, in fact He is guaranteeing suffering. The GOOD NEWS is that when we die, despite our countless attempts to rebel and separate ourselves from God, he has chosen to rectify our sins by the perfect sacrifice of the spotless lamb, Jesus Christ. And this is only accomplished by grace through faith in Him who paid it all for us. THAT is the gospel. Don’t let anyone take that wonderful news away from you, by giving you a cheap knock-off in saying that “God has a plan for your life”.

Side Note: As I was writing this, I was listening to Lecrae’s “I am second” video. His is the only one I have seen preach the gospel. So not all is lost. But when you preach the gospel to yourselves and others, don’t rob yourself/them of hearing the greatest news you/they could ever hear.

-Robert Tingle