Archimedes Lever               DCB Communications—Where We Stand

The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes is reported to have said, "Give me a lever and a firm place to stand, and I will move the world." Ever since the Fall of Man, men have sought in vain for a kind of spiritual lever to move a hostile world closer to peace. The apostle Paul, wrote in 55 or 56 A..D.,

. . . in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:19-21).

The gospel is a kind of spiritual lever for it is the means God has appointed whereby people might be moved into a covenant relationship with God and with one another. In fact, such a movement of the world objectively occurred on the day Christ died. “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Acts 4:11). DCB Communications stands firmly upon the Stone which the builders rejected. Some may object to this stand, as though it reflects a bias. But everyone stands somewhere and leans in one direction or another. Since the lever of the gospel was introduced to the world, there is no such thing as neutrality—indeed there never has been. Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt. 12:30).

Both intellectual objectivity and the spiritual leverage to change the inclination of the human will are found in the gospel of God's Son. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor. 1:25). Unlike Archimedes lever, the gospel of Jesus Christ was not the discovery or invention of men. Rather it came as the revelation of God hidden from the foundation of the world, announced beforehand by the Hebrew prophets, fulfilled in the person and work of the Son, and set forth by the holy apostles.

DCB Communications makes no claim to the kind of inspiration shared by the apostles and prophets who were divinely commissioned to record the sacred writings of the Old and New Testaments. In fact, you will observe writings on this website that are not even religious in the sense of being sermonic or “preachy.” For Christians, no less than non-Christians, live in the mundane world, face the same struggles, and labor and sweat to support their families. They enjoy many of the same things that non-Christians enjoy—food, natural beauty and order, politics, competitive sports, family activities, music, movies, and other cultural events (not necessarily in that order!). “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim. 4:4). In that sense, every article here can be said to be religious.  

Christians govern their use of time and resources, their activities and pleasures, by the example of Christ and the apostles, by the demands of the gospel, and in the light of eternity. “All things are lawful but not all things are helpful” (1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23). They develop a sense of perspective and proportion about life, and a sense of humor concerning their own foibles (of which they have many). In fact, I know one Christian leader who wears a Mickey Mouse watch as a reminder not to take himself too seriously.