God’s Garden-Lettuce Be Kind Part 10-Jesus the Only Way You Say? That’s NOT Very Nice

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John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Telling people about Jesus is mean; if we love folks, we certainly would not tell about things like sin, hell, Jesus as the only way to God, or the joys of Christian living. Right? Well, or course that is NOT right. It is, nonetheless, what the world would say that Christians should do. We should just shut up.

Telling people Jesus is the only way is exclusionary to all of those other religions!

Hell? How can you tell me something so horrible as that?

What do you mean I sin? Don’t judge me!

How dare you say you are right and I am wrong!

That’s what we are expected to believe, and the onslaught of that mindset is everywhere, every day. Sadly the largest purveyor of this sentiment is not particularly the non believing, atheist world, but the professing “church.” Every Sunday around the country, thousands of people gather to hear how to improve their lives, how to improve their marriages, how to have successful kids, and a many other topics. We are a religion of “seeker friendly” churches. We want the crowds, so we tickle their ears.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The time is not coming; the time is here; the time is now.

Be kind, be kind, be kind. Love, love, love. That is a good message and I love that message. I write on it quite often; in fact if readers recall this small series is entitled Lettuce Be Kind-Let Us be Kind. We are commanded to do so.

So, is it kind to preach a Gospel of sin, redemption, and salvation? Is it unkind to share honestly the consequences of rejection of God? The world, including a huge bulk of the visible church believes that it is.

Rather than clog up this with my own words, I wanted to share the following:

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

Who said that? Some famous evangelist or noted preacher? Some great commentary writer? Well, no that’s a quote from atheist Penn Jillette, of the magician duo, Penn & Teller.(and a pretty funny guy honestly)

If I knew a truck was coming toward you and you disagreed, is it mean for me to drag you out of the way?

If you were drowning, and I withheld tossing you a life preserver over fear you would be insulted by my saying you can’t swim, what would that say about me?

Christians here is the deal. Sharing the Gospel is why we are even here in the first place. Share it in love and kindness, but share it. That is our job, and our commandment. Do people always like it? No, but get over it. Are people sometimse unpleasant in response? Yes, but get over it.

It’s NOT kind to fail to share the Gospel if Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world. It certainly would not be kind to allow our friend to get hit by that truck or sink under that water for the last time, and it is certainly not kind to allow them to perish spiritually either.

One last question here:

If we claim to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, yet don’t love the people around us enough to share that with them, do we really believe what we say we believe?

 

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  1. If we claim to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, yet don’t love the people around us enough to share that with them, do we really believe what we say we believe?

    A very good question indeed…

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  2. I’m beginning to believe that the term “seeker friendly” should be banned as a deception of the Adversary. Yes, our gatherings need to be friendly, but sound doctrine is essential and is not incompatible with the Gospel.

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  3. Well I think we know what happens when we hide our lamp when we judge when we can’t forgive. God tells us its like the man that looks in the mirror and forgets what he looks like. How does God work in our lives if we don’t use what we learned from him. Great post Wally.

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  4. It’s a way of showing our gratitude for what God does to change lives. That’s a joy that can’t be hidden. It compels us to share. Great thoughts, Wally. The Gospel is exactly what our country needs today!

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    • Hey Kathy, you just really said something very important there. Joy and gratitude is the engine that should propel our witnessing, absolutely.

      You know, when It happened to me, it was quite sudden and in my circles very unexpected. No one who knew me would have ever thought such a thing would happen. Literally one day I was sitting around the break room at work with my favorite intellectual non believing friend giving the little Christian boy and girl we worked with a hard time, and just days later, I was running around telling everybody how I had had it all wrong the entire time. But, I was just so happy about it! It was an odd time to say the least.

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  5. Those words from Penn Jillette are amazing. It should be convicting to Christians who don’t evangelize. Have you seen the original Youtube clip where he said what you quoted? The rest of the clip is amazing too.

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  6. I agree. I think we all must take responsibility of evangelizing seriously. But from my observation, I think the problem has been the method of sharing salvation and not the message itself. I’ve seen nonbelievers assaulted by the gospel in a rude and condescending manner that makes the prospect of hell far better than spending eternity with the evangelist. Salvation is an amazing act of love from God to each of us, individually. When we present salvation from a place of “I love you and I have something amazing to tell you”, the unbeliever is more open to receiving the message. My husband had been turned off by Christians trying to convert him before he met me. After we met, he said my walk and my testimony opened him up to listening to my words. I didn’t just tell him about Jesus and the need for a savior, I showed him. The mission of the church is to spread the good news of salvation, heal the broken hearted, and set captives free. I think churches need to find a balance of evangelizing to non-believers (telling the truth in love) and ministering to those already within its walls. There are so may hurting and broken Christians struggling in their marriage, parenting their kids, or carrying burdens due to conflict, offense, or damaged relationships. So sometimes that means preaching a message on marriage, parenting, conflict, communication and so on. But we can’t lose sight of one to concentrate on the other. We need to find a way to do both.

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    • You make some great points, and I thank you for them. It requires much discernment and letting the Holy Spirit lead us. Not every witnessing encounter is the same, and not every person witnessing is the same. I am sure I do things different than you, and certainly do things different with various people. I do love a direct approach, and am very comfortable with it. But I also have people I just develope a relationship with and let things unfold. My own kids area great example. I raised them to thing God and Christians were all a big joke. So, two of the people I love the most do not get a direct approach, as I know how they would react. On the other hand, a stranger on the street might get the full treatment in 30 seconds, since I might never get the chance to tell them again, and I might be the only person to ever tell them.

      Last thing, and shoot me if you want LOL. You are very nice, so I bet you won’t. I am all for various ministries to help people in our church families. I think that is great. We ought to help people in real ways with their lives. On the other hand, the pulpit is primarily for preaching the Gospel and teaching the Bible.

      Great thoughts you had there, I hope you keep coming by, as you have made me think couple of times.

      Good points and great comment, thanks!

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      • Yes! I agree. You do have to use discernment for different approaches based on different situations and people! Also, I do get it – there are churches that are more concerned with teaching “feel good” messages than the power of the gospel. Believe it or not, I once heard a message preached for 30 minutes and ended without one reference to scripture!!! So teaching the gospel (at a minimum open up the scriptures) from the pulpit would be an awesome strategy for pastors!!! Lol

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  7. Thanks for the link! Now gonna go read the link

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