You see that same woman standing there, outside the shopping centre, handing out her old fashioned bible tracts. You cringe. What is she thinking? This isn’t the way you share the message in this day and age.
There’s that man who stands near the train station, yelling and shouting about the riches of heaven, working up such a frenzy. people walk past and laugh. Is this what they think of Christians? They must think we’re nuts.
If only there were more nutters out there. More people who weren’t worried about making a fool of themselves for Christ.
People who will go out there, instead of sittling inside discussing stratergy.
People who don’t mind getting laughed at and mocked.
Yes, there is a time for being gentle about our faith. But is that just an excuse for never really sharing it? Meeting friends for coffee with the intention of talking about the real things, “One day I’ll tell them about Jesus, but I’m not sure if they’re ready yet..” So instead we talk about X Factor; and The Great British Bake Off; and Jennifers new haircut and Anything Else.
Then we go home and feel proud. “I’ve done friendship evangelism.” And we tick that one of our list. But how can it be evangelism if we never speak about Jesus. “Actions speak louder than words.” Maybe, but sometimes we need to use words. “They will think I’m weird.” but if they’re your friend; really they won’t. And if you’re their friend you wont want them in hell.
“Don’t talk about hell that scares me, I don’t want to feel guilty.” That’s precisely the point, hell is scary. Would you want to go there? How can we keep on downplaying this, if we don’t share Jesus with our friends who will?
We will have their blood on our hands.
This scares me. I sit on my computer, typing about Jesus and hope and love and the consequences of sin. But it all seems so safe. I’m not being laughed at or spat on or ignored. I am sat at home, away from the mess, just hoping that someone will read my words.
I couldn’t imagine my life without Christ, and yet I seem to think it’s okay for other people to live this way.