Thursday, June 25, 2009

How much must you hate someone?


A while back a youtube video circulated through the online Christian community of famed magician Penn Jillette talking about a touching experience he'd had with a "good" man during one of his shows. Jillette is a known atheist. He seems to be just as devout an atheist as I am a Christian. However, during this show this "good man", as Jillette often referred to him, offered Jillette a Gideon Bible.

Instead of being offended by the gesture, Jillette was touched. Though still passionately denying the existence of God, he said, "If you believe there is a heaven and a hell and that people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever and you think that it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward," he continued, "how much must you hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"

Those words have pierced my heart. How much must I hate someone not to tell them about Jesus and how He has changed my life and what He wants to do in theirs? While I am a believer and I strive to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God, I do not often stop and preach the gospel to the unbelieving while going about my daily duties.

Jesus will return for His bride, and each day we grow closer to that moment. As I told my children just last night, the rapture could take place today or a million years from now. When it happens isn't important. What is important is that we keep our lives in right standing, that we wait and watch for Christ's return, and that we take as many people with us as we can.

We as Christians need to be busy about our master's business. It's not enough living a good life. We need to be actively proclaiming Jesus as Lord everywhere we go. I'm not talking about getting in people faces and screaming, "REPENT, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!", but rather as the Holy Spirit nudges to share in love with someone the gospel of Christ. Instead of shying away from what could be a "socially awkward moment," we need to be caring about other people enough to share eternal life with them in a kind and loving way. I would rather spend five minutes of my life on earth feeling rejected for sharing the gospel with a stranger than an eternity knowing I could have been the difference between heaven and hell to just one person but was to embaressed to put forth the effort.

In Acts 5 an angel of the Lord freed Peter and John from jail and spoke to them saying, "Go, stand in the temple courts, and tell the people the full message of this new life." As the chapter continues the men are brought before the Sanhedrin and flogged because of their testimony. Yet the chapter ends saying, "Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ." Even in the face of persecution and opposition Peter and John were not deterred from doing that to which Christ had called them. Neither should we be.

Father, give me the boldness to proclaim your gospel shamelessly to all people through the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.
To see the Penn Jillette video in its entirety, click here.

13 comments:

  1. Just when I am ready (in tears literally) to give up my 'position' teaching at church and at the det ctr...God shows me scripture all week about not giving up and there here you are encouraging me to share as well...God knew girl...God knew...

    I have grown weary in 'well doing' Sharing the gospel with the lost is and should be treated as a privilege and an honor...I am so thankful for the people God used to show me the Truth and it is my pleasure to go and tell others!

    Thank you for listening to the Spirit and sharing the Truth today!

    I love you girl!!!

    Lord, keep me right where you want me and give me the words, the boldness and the opportunity to share YOU where ever I go! Amen!

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  2. Adria and I were discussing this very thing a couple nights ago, as we were planning to begin something new in our home--"Sunday Night Apologetics". It is SO important that we teach our children how to share and defend their faith! And even more important that they see in us the example. I will pass this story on to her.

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  3. I also pray that God will give me the boldness to proclaim his gospel shamelessly, Amen !

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  4. AMEN!!!! I pray for the boldness for the both of us.

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  5. Oh, wow! Thank you for sharing this. Talk about convicting.

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  6. Would I have your permission to copy the first couple of paragraphs of this post and post it on my blog?

    I love this message.

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  7. I found the youtube video so I have what I need...again, thanks for this post!

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  8. love, love, love this!! someone just shared about penn's interview with me a week ago. i thought his words were amazing! and SO true.

    i've been wrestling with lots of things lately...one of them being, "am i ready and am i sharing with others so that they will be ready?" the answer is no.

    thanks for causing me to stop, think and hopefully take action.

    also..love the new look!!

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  9. What a great post, and some very good thoughts to think about... it really makes me want to get buy a few extra Bibles and keep them handy for when an opportunity arises.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Blessings!

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