Today as I sat down in my local church and listened to the bible study teachings, I pondered on the theme which was ‘Being ashamed of the gospel’. What I found it to mean was not necessarily detaching oneself from hearing or believing the word of God but shying away from telling someone else about Him. As a Christian it’s a hard-hitting truth to be reminded that if I deny Christ on earth then He will deny me in Heaven. Surely, it wouldn’t cost me anything to just open my mouth and tell someone close by that there’s more to this life and that we need to be repentant so that we can live a life (an after-life) eternal. But it’s not as easy as that and I’ll tell you why.
Society dictates what is the norm, what is cool, what is acceptable, and as a result Christians sometimes seem to be treading on eggshells when it comes to speaking up about Christ. If we always worried about what people would think about us based on our actions then we would never act. It goes with everything else and not just religion. If I worried about what my friends would think then I wouldn’t go for salsa classes (well, I’ve stopped now but only because it’s too damn expensive, honest!). It’s a big barrier that could mean the difference between saving a soul or leaving that soul to be tormented in the depths of hell. How about skeptics or agnostics who challenge Christian beliefs? They appear to be obstacles too and they sometimes put up really good, factual arguments that could even make the most fanatical Christians doubt their faith a teeny bit.
All that’s required of Christians in sharing the gospel is to do just do that – Share it. There’s no need to worry about how the other party will receive it or if they will give their lives to Christ that minute – It might be the next day, a fortnight or even a year after before they finally surrender their lives to Christ.
For those who do not believe in any religion whatsoever my question is this: Just what IF (and notice this is a big ‘if’) there is life after death, there is a Heaven and a Hell, there is a Judgement day…would you want to take that chance and reap the consequences for the rest of your life? I wouldn’t.
Some doubt that God can do such things as allow His children to suffer in Hell because He created us. What about the victims of the great flood in the time of Noah? Fast-forward to 2010 and you have the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile which at the last count took 300 lives and affected 400,000 others. There are more and more disasters each year, some natural and some man-made: The World Trade Center attacks in 2001 took close to 3000 lives including 800 of the rescue workers. The Tsunami of 2004 took nearly 250,000 lives a day after Christmas. Where are all their souls right now. Is it just a case of ‘Ashes to ashes, dust to dust’?
I believe the reason why a lot of us are still alive today is just by the Grace of God. He gives us more than a second chance to surrender our lives to Him. He loves us. He gave us free will, otherwise he could just as easily have created us such that we serve Him by default like robots. Ironically He knows which way we’ll sway though He gives us (limited) chances, put His message in the media, talk to us through people who are ready to spread his word, etc. This way no one can say they didn’t know or they didn’t hear.
The end times are already in progress and with the pace of Global warming we’re set to see even more radical changes in weather and probably a shift to the Ice Age – I think Washington got its first glimpse of what Obama coined as ‘Snowmageddon’. If what happened in the 2012 movie were to happen today then I bet the churches across the world would be packed to full capacity but would it be too late by then?
So now what can little old me do to share the word? The Bible study teacher said every time you do something nice for someone or give to those in need and they say ‘thank you’ you could respond with ‘Jesus loves you’ – that drives the message home. The art of Giving is so powerful, rewarding and therapeutic: The more you give, the more you receive (in Heaven and Earth).
Other ways of spreading the gospel would be through distribution of tracts or daily devotionals. You just might touch someone’s life without even knowing it. Blogs are another fantastic way to share the Word and you could reach a worldwide audience. I’m no saint but I hope I’ve lived a life so far that would want to make someone say ‘Hey, I want to be happy like him. What’s his secret?’ It’s simple – I know that Jesus loves me…and I’m not ashamed to say it 😀
I want you to know that I appreciate your post. I don’t agree with your beliefs, but I certainly do appreciate you voicing them as you have. It has struck me as odd in the past that Christians (and other faiths) don’t just profess the basics. I’ve wondered if it’s a fear of persecution, or the idea that “beliefs” of any kind these days are hokey. I have many friends who are Christian in one form or another, who’ve never so much as mentioned their faith in their God, outside of stating the tradition they follow, and I’ve deliberated on why that is. It may simply be, as you’ve said, that society dictates what is cool, but with the majority of society believing in a God, you’d think more people would be willing to speak up. If you ever do draw a definitive conclusion as to why people are so “hush-hush” I’d be interested in reading about it.
Ok. Sometimes I just think the ones that do become active Christians have some sudden crisis or divine intervention which acts as a catalyst in their transformation. At that point they have a choice to either testify and tell every living soul about God or they could just carry on with life as normal – thats what most of us conservative ones tend to do, sadly. I also appreciate & respect your own opinions and would like to know what you think about the whole religion thing sometime 🙂
You’re right, it seems that the one time people voice their opinions about their faith IS during a catalyst in their life. Is this because they suddenly have “proof”? I would think faith should be based on a lack of proof, simply knowing it in your heart.
I’m always up for conversations on religion. Conversations, rather then debates, a juxtaposition of ideas, so to speak. My views are very opposite to yours.
You can find a bit of a primer on my personal beliefs in this thread here:
Although, there is a lot of other stuff going on in the thread, so it would take a lot of sorting through to find the details…lol
And, it doesn’t really state many of my VIEWS on religion as a whole, but it does offer insight into my own faiths. I can tell you that I don’t practice a religion, but still think it’s a valid essence of life.
I agree with your arguments %100…….The power of giving and kindness are great ones indeed. And great ways to point people to our savior: Jesus.