good news?

broken_chain_ivI have heard it said that the one thing believers and unbelievers have in common is they both hate evangelism. Whoever came up with that idea is at least half right. Based on research data from Lifeway Research, “82% of the unchurched are somewhat likely to attend church if invited… yet only 2% of church members invite.” Makes you wonder why we call the message of Jesus “The Good News?”

I know from my own experience where the disconnect often occurs. For me it came about when I moved past the message of grace and appointed myself as “keeper of truth.” Why do we do that?

Before anyone gets too excited, I know the importance of genuine truth. I know that Jesus is the truth and that the Holy Spirit has been sent to lead us into truth. That’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the “truth” that leads us into constantly condemning others who have either not grown in “the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) as much as we have, or have outgrown us and are enjoying a freedom and liberty that drives us crazy with jealousy! (Isn’t it amazing how we constantly try to make people like us rather than pointing them to Jesus?)

I’m convinced that this is where our distaste for evangelism lies. We somehow forget that Jesus said, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:16, 17, The Message) Now THAT’S good news, and if we could ever come to believe this for ourselves, being reporters of the “good news” would be a natural outflow of the grace we have experienced for ourselves.


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