Bill Glass, an all-pro tackle turned evangelist, shared the “secret” of the Green Bay Packers’ three successive championships as revealed by a member of the team: “We love each other.”
Glass, in an appearance before the U. S. Congress on Evangelism, did not insist that love is the only ingredient of victory—either on the gridiron or in the pulpit. But he did maintain that the demonstration of love is a singularly effective means of witness in our day. And most of the 5,000 delegates from ninety-five denominations gathered in the Minneapolis Auditorium last month seemed to agree.
Without a doubt, the need for more compassion among evangelicals was the dominant theme of the historic six-day meeting. “Evangelism must be love with flesh on,” said the Rev. Leighton Ford. “Our message has got to combine the prophets, who called for repentance and justice, with the apostles, who called for repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.”
Such statements startled certain nonevangelicals. Billy Graham, honorary chairman of the congress, noted that “it has come as a surprise to many that evangelicals have social concern.”
In many respects, of course, the evangelical movement has always had a social conscience and a compassionate spirit. But in recent times, as liberals have involved themselves deeply in corporate pronouncements on current problems, many evangelicals have reacted by withdrawing to the point that serious blind spots have developed. The spirit of Minneapolis may have been a major corrective (see editorial “A Turning Point?,” page 32).
The Rev. Tom Skinner, a black evangelist from New York, urged his predominantly white audience to make significant sacrifices ...1
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