Christians Have The Greatest Message Known To Mankind, But We Are Perverting It
To know your sins can be forgiven in an instant, forever, is the greatest message known to mankind. This is at the heart of the Christian faith. No matter who you are or what you have done, your life can be transformed and in so doing you can have an intimate relationship with the God of the universe.
This is how Romans 5:7-11 puts it in the New Living Translation. “Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us be sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God – all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends with God.”
As a result of experiencing this amazing new life, our message continues with saying to non believers that they are loved, period. No judgment, no anger, just unconditional love.
Jesus said that loving God and loving others are the two most important commandments (Mark 12:29-31). He also said that if disciples had love for one another, then the world would be convinced of the realness of our beliefs (John 13:34).
The Apostle Paul concludes 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter) with these words in verse 13: “There are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
So if our sins can be forgiven in an instant by a God who loves us unconditionally and that love has been implanted in our being by the Holy Spirit, why do we believers not express that message more clearly? To put it more bluntly, why are we Christians showing more anger and judgment than this love?
For some reason research has shown that Evangelical Christians, especially white, evangelical Christians are more concerned about society becoming more secular and that spiritual values are being eroded.
But here is the thing; those issues don’t seem to be what is on the heart of the Father and certainly Jesus never worried about the culture around him. His mission was to bring the Kingdom of God to planet earth. He did this by loving people, healing the sick, forgiving people their sins, driving out demons that were oppressing many, and much more.
If we believers got back to doing what Jesus did, then the world would see a message that would resonate with them. Why? Everyone wants to be loved and know that they are not to be judged. People want to be listened to and cared for. When believers start doing those things, then non Christians are interested in our faith.
There is a brand new campaign that has begun recently called He Gets Us (www.hegetsus.com). Several Christian organizations are behind this campaign. The purpose is to bring Jesus message to the masses. In other words the emphasis being on his love! The following is the purpose of He Gets Us:
“Political polarization and loud voices who emphatically declare what is right and wrong have left many people feeling confused, judged, and disinterested in the person of Jesus. Too often, those who talk about Jesus tell a skewed version of his story, one in which God is judgmental and vengeful, leaving out goodness, grace, and hope. And sometimes, even when Christians are well intentioned, their actions are perceived as hateful or hypocritical.
“How can Christians cut through the noise to share the gospel with a hurting world? By introducing people to the real Jesus of the Bible…. The true Jesus recorded in Scripture is not the dictatorial king of a brutal kingdom. He is, instead, the Lord of all who took on human flesh so that he could understand every weakness we face. He is the sum of all compassion, the fullness of perfect love. He is the Jesus who gets us.”
Are you hearing the above quote? This is the gospel, or the good news, of what our faith is all about. If we believers don’t get back on track to share the love of Christ, then our message is polluted, and non Christians will write us off as irrelevant.
I implore people reading this to go back to the four gospels and read with an open heart, exactly what Jesus said. If you do this I am sure you will rediscover a message that changed your life. Then go out and proclaim that message to everyone. Then we can truly change the world.