Part Four: Not Stance but Message
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Legalism seems to be suffocating and masking the real Christian message. We see it on T.V. and in print, and we hear it from the pulpits and each other. Many of us are stuck on stance and missing the main message entirely—the real reason for ANY season.
There is a temptation to speak of issues rather than Christ. We think that witnessing on the recent “Hot Topic” is more relevant than witnessing to others about the Gospel. We can talk endlessly about abortion, marriage, and prayer in school, but we rarely have the direct conversation with others about the Gospel and the unequivocal truth of Christ and what it can ultimately mean to our eternal salvation.
Now, I’m not saying your opinions on these subjects are not worthy of discussion. These are important issues, but if they substitute being bold in Christ, our primary objective and focus are lost altogether. We’re stuck on stance and not salvation.
There are essential life and death questions in this world, and there is no shortage of lost souls, desperately searching for answers. If all you have to offer them is your position on politically-charged subjects, you may be doing more damage than good.
If you’re trying to dispute the current cultural trends, there is nothing more radical and controversial than proclaiming, “Jesus is Lord.” There is nothing more counter-culture than telling the world that Jesus died and rose again. Nothing is more life-changing than to say your sins are forgiven with the simple act of giving your life over to Christ. It’s the best and wildest news you can give! Be clear and outspoken about Christ and what He has done in your life. If Jesus reigns in your heart, all the other issues will take care of themselves.
The fact is, we can feel strongly about any number of subjects, and we can climb up to the bully pulpit and thump our fists and shout as loudly as we can, but if we’re not sharing the message of Christ in love, we’re missing the point.
FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, BECAUSE IT IS THE POWER OF GOD THAT BRINGS SALVATION TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES…