Am I coming in clear? Mom?

Our three children love the “Willy Wonka” movie. One of our kids actually memorized most of the screenplay just by watching the movie over and over and over again.

In one scene toward the conclusion of the film, Mike TV jumps on a platform and transports himself into a TV monitor through something called, “Wonkavision.” The miniature Mike looks up at his mother and asks, “Mom, am I coming in clear?”

Sometimes in preaching, it’s easy to become concerned about whether or not one is clear to the people one is trying to reach. Sometimes, it’s just not easy to know. I ask my wife, Judy, to her annoyance, if I’m making sense, and if I’m communicating the message plainly. She always says I am, bless her. But, then you talk to someone in the congregation and it’s clear they’re just not listening.

I have a duty to help Christians understand that God wants us to preach the gospel to all and that the gospel is God’s power unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Just when I believe a congregation understands that message and is about to do something positive to obey God’s requirements, something goes haywire.

Am I coming in clear? Sometimes I wonder.