I recently had a conversation with someone whom I regard as very intelligent. He and I were discussing Christianity and at one point he mentioned that the problem with Christianity is we keep trying to ‘push’ our belief onto them.
We would be fine, he said, if we just kept our beliefs to ourselves. Like the bumper sticker that says “Coexist,” we would all be fine if we just kept to ourselves.
Unfortunately, this is becoming a more common sentiment. And sadly, I am seeing Christians begin to treat this as acceptable behavior. “We have enough trouble with social issues right now, we don’t want to be seen as too aggressive!” they say.
But his comment got me thinking. To understand Christianity, one must understand Christ. And before Christ was taken into heaven, he could have told his disciples to love one another as he had said before. He could have told them to be good people. But instead, he gave them the Great Commission:
And He said to them, “ Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15)
These were the last words of Christ before being taken into heaven. Think about that. The last thing he said, the last thing he wanted us to remember, was to preach the word.
This was his, “One more thing…” that he wanted to burn in their minds before the clouds opened up.
And think about the significance. If you were a doctor who had just discovered a cure for the Ebola virus that could be mass produced for pennies, would you keep it to yourself and let others suffer, or would you shout from the rooftops for all to hear this wonderful news.
Does that mean we can slack off on everything else? No. We are still to live as he did, first loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And second, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
As Christ commanded us, we should show our love by sharing the good news of his sacrifice. A sacrifice that is the only answer to pull us out of our eternal suffering and save us of our wrongdoings.
To be silent and to share our belief only with ourselves would be against everything Christ taught us about loving our neighbor. If we want them to be saved, if we want their suffering to be cleansed, we must do as the disciples did.
And they went out and preached everywhere And for this reason, I write.
Hi. I'm Scott Sullivan, a slave of Christ and husband to my awesome wife Angie. I'm an artist and writer,
living in the beautiful countryside of Lancaster, Pa.