(Most obnoxious way to share the gospel)I have seen some very distasteful bumper stickers over the years by “Christians” and I deffinately do not see some of the ways Christian’s can go about sharing the faith as very compassionate at all!
After all if you had a lost loved one, friend or family member I am sure you would treat your words very seriously when it came to what would be most effective- Im not saying change the truth, but if your mother, father, daughter, or best friend who still did not know the Lord I doubt you would say stuff like these stickers do! One says, “Try Jesus! If you don’t like him Satan will always take you back!” And then below it says “Honk if you love Jesus, text if you want to see him”– How bought just do what Jesus said, “obey my commands”- “If you love me you will obey my commands”– he said nothing about cheesey stickers on your car and honking. For goodness sake don’t honk if you love Jesus, for crying out loud just act like Jesus and obey Him. Then you will know you love Jesus and you won’t have to blow a horn to prove it!
It is not surprising why some people are rejecting Christ, because the way these statements come across to me even as a Christian are arrogant and cocky, the way I read this is “I got Christ, you don’t so I feel sorry for you sucker! Oh by the way I don’t really feel sorry for you at all I am just saying I feel sorry so you cannot say I am being nasty toward you!”
This is NOT what Peter meant by
1 Peter 3:14-16 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Sorry to break it to you, but this is not suffering for Christ at all when people get mad at you when a Christian says this stuff. Peter said, “Keep a clear conscience”- To suffer for Christ means you respond kindly when your being falsely accused and your name is being smeared for reasons of faithfully proclaiming the Word and living honorably- not saying stuff you know will tick people off and then grinning when the blow up. Any one can suffer that way, that is easy, and what is not easy is being attacked for living for Christ as best you can and being as kind as possible without compromising and still being tarred and feathered!
We need to rethink what true suffering for Christ is! How did Christ suffer? He did not defend himself when people mocked and reviled him, he did not talk smack or say, “God will get you just you wait!” No he said, “Father forgive them they know not what they do!”
It is time to stop “giving Christ another black eye” as my friend Shane Bohnom would say.
Imagine how sad it makes the Lord when he chooses the saved by grace to reach others who are unwilling to be gracious people.
Jesus got stern in one instance with James and John:
Luke 9:51-56 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.
Even when Christ was rejected by one group of village people he was not the one getting bent out of shape- his disciples asked to destroy them and I think this ticked Jesus off!
And when Jesus was arrested, Peter cut off the ear of Malchus the servant of the high priest- He said, “Put your sword away, he who lives by the sword will die by the sword!”
This same Jesus said, “I desire mercy not sacrifice”
Its terrible when any believer who professes to follow Christ laughs and jokes about the reality of hell. After God has shown so much mercy and kindness we dare not trivialize how serious our sin was and how much it cost Christ to save us. This is no joke!