How can I reach others for Jesus Christ?
Are there topics I SHOULD talk about that the world struggles with? Am I “ashamed” of Christ if I do not talk about these sins . . . on social media?
Evangelism in the modern age is beyond being in the streets. We have opportunities around the world through the use of the Internet. Facebook, Instagram, Blogging, YouTube, etc.
An internal struggle I’ve been having is how to use social media for Christ? I feel like my heart has been attacked for not talking about or engaging in discussion about specific sins the world embraces and sins Christians often are vocal about.
But I can’t say this is conviction.
Jesus Christ is my best and perfect example I am to turn to. So before I turn to my flesh and emotions, before I listen to whispers that desire me to become legalistic (if I don’t discuss x,y, z then I’m not a follower of Christ and I’ll go to Hell) before all of that, I want to look at what Christ did.
To simply declare I am against sin does not save me. We are only saved through salvation because of the blood shed by Jesus Christ. Absolutely, we need to be against sin because God will have no part with sin.
But what Christ shows me time and time again is that the world can’t (and will refuse to) care about sin and its consequences…if the world does not care about Jesus Christ.
Just today, God reminded me that Jesus often did not direct specific sin in scripture unless He was asked. Otherwise, what did He do? He talked about God, and He encouraged others to turn away from sin. How did He do this?
He drew crowds, not only with the words He said but primarily through example.
I remember the first time I had a friend, who is a nonbeliever, ask me about my views on homosexuality. I was afraid that being honest would turn away the friendship, but God goes first. Being asked directly I will NOT turn away from a question. I was honest, there is nothing in scripture that supports it (but there’s enough that clearly states it is a sin). When Jesus talks about marriage, He speaks of Adam and Eve. He speaks of a man and a woman, that is what He declares is unity in marriage in becoming one.
I can’t support or tolerate something that goes against God. He represents my life. He’s everything. How can I make all these proclamations about God…but then turn around because I should make others comfortable with my beliefs? Either way, I become a hypocrite. It’s just in one, the world accepts me.
But I lose the One who matters the most to me.
I truly care for the individual, but God goes above everything else. My friends, My family. Myself.
God was all over the conversation. To my friend’s surprise, she didn’t see me speak with malice, anger, or with poisonous words against those who are sinning. Ultimately, the conversation isn’t about sinners but the glory of God!
When I have thoughts of whether or not I should discuss certain things on social media, I always think of this. Sinners are more than likely not going to listen to sin being discussed, or care, if they can’t see Christ first. My friend who is a nonbeliever heard the truth about sin because I was focused on Christ first. She learned why I can’t turn away from Him because of His hand in my life, and the many stories showing His hand in my life. How at some point, and she’s heard me say this enough, at some point…it can’t be a coincidence.
Don’t get me wrong, I still talk about sin on social media. But when it comes to specific sins, I look at Christ. If people come to me, then I will address those specific sins because there is already a curiosity and an interest. Some people may still ask with permanent thoughts and decisions made in their heart. But at least they know, I will point to my Savior before I can point to sin.
Jesus made a way for me despite sin. He stood in front of me and took a punishment He did not deserve, but I did. If all I am doing is pointing at sin, I think the enemy has won. People cannot be saved by a Savior if they do not even know who the Savior is. People have no reason to care that the wages of sin is death, even if it is true if they don’t understand Christ.
Thus… we can’t give people the meat of scripture if they aren’t even on the milk.
We can’t take them to the deep end if they haven’t stepped into the water.
Let’s draw them in with the light of Christ and His love rather than throw a net over them with stones of sin. But once they are drawn in, do not be afraid to speak the truth of sin either. Hell and brimstone are real, too.
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