Testimony of Bryan Moore
While standing in line to register at San Diego State University, I
was approached by several people with surveys and questionnaires. One
of them asked me, not for what they could sell me, but what did I call
myself? I checked the box marked Christian, then realized that I needed
to know more about Jesus. Another student shared the gospel with me in
a way I had not heard with my church background, making me realize that
my responsibility to God was direct and individual, not an automatic
part of being born in the States, or going to church on Sunday. I asked
Jesus to come in and take over, and make me the kind of person He
wanted me to be. Immediately I felt a compassion where I had previously
held a grudge. Forgiveness flowed through me as quickly as I knew I was
forgiven. Patience replaced restlessness.
All was not so easy, however. My mediocre grades became polarized.
My C's became A's and Incompletes! I spent long hours helping
computerize our outreach effort involving 180 contributing students in
a dozen specific ministry efforts during 1980. I spent hours memorizing
the Bible, then let some of my studies lapse, while getting A's in
others. Somehow, I had come to saving faith, but had not found balance.
Some teaching going around made me think it was wrong to be affluent,
for example. Since good grades could be a form of affluence, it was
even said (of those whose weren't so hot), "Oh well, they're gonna burn
anyway." What a wrong attitude!
When my old '72 Pinto broke down, my boss let me have his Mercedes
450SL for a couple of months, rather than take my time away from work
to fix my car! Things eventually got so rough for our struggling
company that in addition to selling his house, my boss had to sell that
car, too. Eventually, though, in spite of my prayers for God to take
away the company so I could pursue "full time Christian work," God
prospered our efforts. I remember a telephone prayer request while I
was in New York to friends in San Diego being miraculously answered,
impressing a man who became a very key employee. Eventually our company
merged with a larger company, giving me the equivalent of 25 years
salary in one transaction! The decisions I faced caused me to question
my "gonna burn" attitude. Together with the earlier counsel of some
staff at Campus Crusade for Christ headquarters, they made me realize
that wealth is nothing more and nothing less than another commodity,
another tool which may be used by those ignorant of God, or, if
properly spent, to bring Him glory.
I have found the scripture to be relevant in every area of life, and
have committed myself to the cause of Christian Reconstruction of this
country. I believe that the Gospel regenerates first, man's heart,
then, anything in which regenerate man is involved. No government,
education, or other institution is a lost cause that is not reached by
the saving power of Christ. He has not called us to abandon our
possessions, but to submit them to the authority of God rather than to
man. Let us look to His word and see what He would have each of us do
with what He has entrusted to us! First, our own souls and lives, then,
our community, our country, and the world!
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