An Uncomfortable Gospel

photo(6)“For to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness…” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Sharing the Gospel, the Good News, is uncomfortable. No doubt about it. Christianity assumes that absolute truth exists and should be shared, but we have all been taught for years by the government, our teachers, the media and even sometimes our parents that tolerance is a virtue that should not only be observed and practiced, but legislated and enforced. That creates a real dilemma for people who want to follow the teachings of Jesus and make nice in 21st century America.

The “Good News” Christians believe is the idea that everyone everywhere is separated from God and condemned to eternity in Hell because they have done something they shouldn’t unless they commit their heart to following Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. And in order to follow the clear teaching of Jesus, they must share that message with others. It is, after all, the loving thing to do if they don’t want people to go to Hell. Unless, of course, those same people they’re sharing with don’t like it. Then it is perceived as intolerant and is increasingly likely to be labeled “hate speech.” After all, telling someone they might be going to Hell is hateful.

Confused? You should be. Is the Good News loving? Is it hateful? This is difficult stuff. Christianity presents an uncomfortable Gospel.  Should we share it or not?  The Bible says one thing, the world another, and the pressure from both can feel overwhelming. Our hearts long desperately for a compromise that never comes.  What then shall we do?  Torn between two masters, we must choose.  No one ever said being a Christian was easy…

When was the last time you shared the Gospel with anyone?

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