The Spirit's Power
Bill Hayden was Governor-General of Australia and a self-identified humanist and opponent of religion. This past week at the age of 85, Hayden renounced his atheism, confessed faith in Christ, and was baptized into the Catholic faith. He He did this after a long struggle and “a gnawing pain in my heart and soul about what is the meaning of life. What’s my role in it?" He says that this struggle took too long, but he is committed to faith and hopes that his example of coming to belief at an old age will be an inspiration to others. What caused such a radical? What led him to reevaluate the place of faith and the existence of God? It wasn’t someone’s well-constructed argument with the “gotcha” conclusion that forced him to admit that “You’re right! There must be a God!” Nom it was else—the lives of the people of faith. It was “witnessing so many selfless acts of compassion by Christians.” His failing heath caused him to face his own mortality, but it was the life of believers that caused him to come to faith.
No one is beyond the call of the gospel. How we live that gospel gives others a reason to believe or it gives them a reason not to. People are drawn to the power of the Holy Spirit as we live love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control in our daily lives. That is the true witness of the truth of the gospel.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power. (1 Cor. 2:4-5).