It is bad enough that Christians aren’t more intentional about sharing the Gospel. But in a twist that Screwtape would be proud of, countless people who profess to follow Christ are actually proud about not sharing the Good News. Michael Moore gave a good example of this when he said:
I have always believed that one’s religious leanings are deeply personal and should be kept private.
I’m not sure where he came up with that belief, but it isn’t in the Bible. Since Moore was claiming to speak for Jesus, perhaps he should tell us how the Bible teaches that we should be private about our religious beliefs. That would make it hard to fulfill the Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
A commenter named Joanne noted that:
Progressive denominations have stopped trying to proselytize with their missionaries YEARS ago. Look at Global Ministries (UCC/Disciples of Christ). They make no efforts to convert people.
She’s right, and it is pathetic that those organizations who willfully withhold the Gospel call themselves churches or “disciples of Christ.”
A regular commenter (“Sunday School Teacher”) noted this:
Our church is currently having a sermon series on Wesley’s “Three Simple Rules”.
The 1st rule is “Do No Harm”. Some people are trying to use this rule to argue that we should not try to change the religious view of others, as this could lead to conflict and thus harm.
I’m glad that SST is trying to lead his church in the right direction, but it is amazing that people learning about John Wesley would ever imagine that he’d discourage people from sharing the Gospel. They couldn’t be more wrong.
As Paul said in Romans 1:16:
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
From the Newsboys song, I’m Not Ashamed:
What are we sneaking around for? Who are we trying to please?
Shrugging off sin, apologizing like we’re spreading some kind of disease. I’m saying no way. No way.
I’m not ashamed to let you know I want this light in me to show. I’m not ashamed to speak the name of Jesus Christ.
This one says, “It’s a lost cause. Save your testimonies for church time. ” Other ones say, “You’d better wait until you do a little market research.”
I’m saying no way. No way.
The Gospel can and will offend people. We don’t want to add to the offense with our own style, but that is no excuse not to share it. The bad news is that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. The Good News — and it is still good news worth sharing — is that there is a Savior. He is Jesus, and He is the only way to salvation.
Hear the Good News, believe the Good News and share the Good News! But please don’t identify as a Christian if you think it is bad news and refuse to share it with others.