5. Everyone in the United States has heard about Jesus in the United States!
Actually less than 10% of Generation “X” (1970’s to the late 1980’s) actually attend Church. Less than 5% of the millennial generation (born in the 1990’s or afterward) actually attend Church regularly. The means two whole generations are living void of the counsel of God in the United States. Two generations do not know what it means to follow Jesus as Lord or why He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20 to go and disciple all nations.
4. Does it really make any difference?
Due to the dwindling knowledge of God and the Bible, it takes more positive contacts with the gospel before people are ready to surrender their lives to Jesus fully. In the 1990’s some did research and it took 7 positive contacts with the Gospel before someone was ready to make a decision. In the 2000’s and the 2010’s the average number of positive contacts with the Gospel is now over 10 before someone finally surrenders their life to Jesus.
The Bible clearly teaches that those who don’t know Jesus are in danger of eternal separation from God in a place of torment called the Lake of Fire or Hell. Meanwhile, the Bible also clearly teaches we have yet to really understand the glory and pleasures God has in store for those who love him. Witnessing of the love of God through Christ Jesus can make an eternal difference!
3. The Biblical gospel message is offensive to other people- I don’t want them offended.
That is absolutely true- The Gospel message is very offensive to our humanistic, self-centered pride. The religious variant of this is that we can do stuff to earn our way to God. When Jesus walked the earth as recorded in the Gospels, the humble and the broken were really excited by the Gospel of the Kingdom message. Meanwhile, the political and religious leaders were extremely agitated and hostile to the Gospel of the Kingdom demonstrated by Jesus.
Scripture warns that the fear of man brings a snare (Proverbs 29:25). Do we value the opinions of man above the opinion of God? Jesus warned that if we disown him before others, Jesus would deny us before our Father in heaven (Matthew 10:33). Jesus also said that if we love him, we will obey his teaching (John 14:23). If we are unwilling to obey his final commission to all of us, do we really love God anyway?
2. There are so many pretenders (hypocrites) within the Church. I don’t want to expose my loved ones and friends to what is fake.
Indeed, hypocrisy is a huge problem. During the times of Jesus- He often confronted the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who were blocking people from hearing the Gospel message by their self-centered indulgent lifestyles. Unfortunately, this is still often a problem.
The other problem in the United States is that Christianity is often associated with hot-button, controversial issues that are often divisive. In the United States, Christianity is often associated with right-wing, conservative politics who are anti-immigration, small government, and pro-2nd amendment rights among other things. However, the Bible also says much about the issues of justice on behalf of the poor, the oppressed and the broken. The Bible also talks about the importance of stewardship of our resources including the environment. Our media-shaped culture has warped and unfortunately distorted what true biblical Christianity is: It’s not simply about “praying the prayer”, its about following Jesus regardless of the cost.
This gives us as God’s people a huge challenge. It is up to us as the Church to display what authentic, biblical Christianity is really all about in humility, righteousness, bold proclamation, and demonstrations of the gospel message through the power of the Holy Spirit.
1. I don’t know what to say: Every time I tried to share the love of Jesus with someone, it degenerates into a nasty argument.
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