It’s hard to miss all of the discussions, debates, arguments, and out right fights about a lot of the things going in in this world, especially if you live in the United States. I suppose you can put your head in the sand and ignore what’s going on, but that’s not exactly a healthy thing to do. What I am constantly surprised at is how as Christians we think that the way to beat the world is to fight like the world. That just doesn’t make sense to me. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m just as guilty of this as everyone else. But the fact of the matter is the Bible tells us over and over again that this isn’t the way in which we should go. We have no power when we do it the world’s way. Here’s where we do have power:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” – Romans 1:16-17, NASB
The power we wield is in the Gospel. It’s the message that can transform lives, change people’s thinking, and accomplish Kingdom work. Now the power comes from God, the words do, too, and that’s why it works. But it means we have to live it, to share it, to want people to know it. If a belief or a decision is held deeply in a person’s heart, you don’t change their mind with flowery words. You change their hearts. And that’s what the Gospel can do. That’s what the Gospel does. But nowadays we don’t share it like we should. We don’t reveal it. We don’t want to offend. We don’t want to face the music. But that attitude doesn’t fit with Scripture. Here Paul says, “I am not ashamed.” So why are we?
If folks don’t share the foundation we do in the Gospel, we should not expect agreement from them. As Christians with that shared foundation we’re not often on the same page. Why do we expect better from folks who do not share our faith? It’s just not logical. So the first step is to introduce them to the Gospel. Now this isn’t the beat them over the head, run them down in the parking lot, and scream it from the street corner type of sharing. If that’s what God calls you to do, that’s fine, but check the spirit behind such a command, to ensure it’s God. Yes, this has happened before. See Peter and Stephen. But Peter in his later years told us to be ready to give a ready defense with reverence and gentleness (1 Peter 3:15). So those are probably more exceptions than the rule. The biggest thing is to share the Gospel in a way that glorifies God.
Ultimately it’s about the Gospel. We are not to be ashamed of it. We are to live it. We are to love it. We are to share it. We are to give it. Let it change people’s hearts, because we can’t.