I first became aware of David Ring around 1985 when I tuned in one morning to the Old Time Gospel Hour. That was the weekly TV broadcast of services at Thomas Road Baptist Church where Jerry Fallwell was Pastor. David was the guest preacher that day and his message was from 1 Cor. 1:27-28 where Paul writes, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”
Ring also sang Victory in Jesus and closed his message out with a question that I would never forget. He said, “I got cerebral palsy …. what your excuse?” What he did with that one question was to take away every excuse I could ever come up with for being unfaithful to the Lord.
Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Now let me ask you a question. Would it have been easy for David Ring to live out his life as a typical victim of cerebral palsy? Would anyone have ever thought badly of him if he had done that? Would anyone ever looked upon him as a “wicked person” for not serving God in fulltime ministry?
Now let’s bring that a little closer to home. Would anyone think of you as being a wicked person if you never did anything more for the Lord than the average Christian does? But that verse and many others like it just won’t go away. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Matt. 19:26 says, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’
It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Be inspired by this wonderful man of God.
I am Second® – David Ring