So what are we to judge it by? Well, its content of course, some might argue. I am not so sure about that. The content might sound wonderful, be articulate or even poetic. The ideas could even seem logical and truthful with valid facts. It might even touch our hearts and make us think about the way we live our lives. So then if not these things then what are we to judge a book by? The part that no one reads: the reference section. Authors are not credible unless they have the references to back them up.
The gospel shows us Christ’s love through his teachings, miracles, and most importantly His suffering. But Jesus’ actions are not what make Him credible. Jesus said, “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified.” John 5: 31. Jesus testifies on the behalf of God, and He uses the words of those who came before Him. He quotes Moses, King David, and the prophets and displays how they foretold His coming. These are His references and they give Him credibility.
We as the PIME Missionaries help the poorest people in the world. We aid them with food, medicine, education, and many other services. When asked why we do these things, we reference Jesus. Jesus calls us to give up our lives, and makes our mission worthwhile. Jesus gives us the grace and power to do great things, but He also gives us our credibility.
Giovanni Vitale II, Outreach Coordinator