Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Evangelizing

We are so very comfortable. "We" being those of us who proclaim to be Christians. We wake up each day, go about with the affairs of the day, be it raising our families, working, or engaged in our hobbies or pastimes. And all the while, millions are dying without having known the gospel of Jesus Christ.



In our elaborately self justified way, we convince ourselves that it is not proper or acceptable to proselytise. "That is just plain rude!" we say when we hear of anyone who dares to engage in dialogue which focuses on matters of faith or spirituality. "Why, that's like trying to shove a belief down some one's throat!" And all the while, millions are dying without having known the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and whether to even believe in God! Why, even the Constitution gives us that freedom!" So many well composed phrases which can knock the wind out of any one's sails, especially anyone who wishes to obey the 'Great Commission'.


The thing which we are so quick to forget is that this is not about shoving an idea or ideology down any one's throat. This is merely about sharing how the Gospel has touched your life, and how simple it is to be forgiven in order to escape the final grip of death--an eternity in hell. And you are simply obeying Christ's command to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (St. Luke 16:15) There is no forcing or shoving going on. Each individual makes up his or her own mind. Some will believe, some will not.


But how will they know, unless they hear? And how will they have the option to accept or reject, except it be presented to them? And this is where the saying 'the devil is in the details' comes to mind. We are so keen on being politically correct and in not offending anyone, that we actually come to believe that the word 'proselytize' is a dirty word! What an effective way for man's worst enemy to silence us. So we keep our opinions to ourselves. The rude awakening call is this: believing in heaven or hell is not an opinion. It is a life or death choice. And everyone should have that choice whether to believe or not. It is up to us to step out of our comfort zones and evangelize. Remember that word? It means to ''preach the gospel". Just because......all the while millions are dying without having known about Jesus Christ and Salvation!

6 comments:

glorv1 said...

Thank you for sharing that. God is great, God is good. I like that you share those kind of thoughts once in a while because we all need reminders. Have a great Tuesday.

Bob Mrotek said...

"They’re passing, passing, fast away,
A hundred thousand souls a day
In Christless guilt and gloom.
O Church of Christ, what wilt thou say
When, in the awful judgment day,
They charge thee with their doom?"

Albert B. Simp­son

YayaOrchid said...

Gloria, I do appreciate positive input like yours a lot! Thank you!

Bob, I couldn't have said it better than that poem. Thank you for sharing.

Sandra said...

Great post, thank you for sharing :)

Elaine said...

Very well put! I think we constantly have to be aware that we are to "speak the truth in love" and not always be so concerned about being politically correct! As you pointed out so well, it is life and death we are talking about. It is appropriate I think to remind one another of this, our most important calling.

glorv1 said...

Hi Yaya. Hope all is well with you. Please come and pick up your Awe-Summm award. Why? Because your AWESOME. :D Have a great day.

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