If you have not yet read “Witnessing – Arrogance or Agape? (Part 2a)“, I would encourage you to do so before reading this post.
My hope is that for this post, that video has said most of what needs to be said. Therefore, this post will be less wordy than previous ones. (and there was much rejoicing)
Statement B: “Why can’t you just love and accept them where they are, instead of trying to impose your system on them?”
The individuals who say this simply do not think about – do not understand – what they are saying. But we are called to be discerning, so let’s examine.
So this person wants to be loved “where they are”? Ok, let’s look at that atom bomb analogy again to find out what it means to love someone, “where they are”.
Those people in your town, yeah, you know, the ones who have no clue that the bomb has already been launched and is on a crash course with where you all live.
Q: Where are they?
A: They’re in a town with 24 hours left before it gets wiped from the map.
Q: What’s the best way to love those people?
A: Tell them about the bomb – that there’s no hope of survival if they stay in the town. Then tell them about the train – that only by boarding it will they escape the coming destruction.
Q: What are you doing if you do not take every opportunity to preach this message to the masses around you?
A: You are not loving them. In fact, you are hating them – because the only way you would not tell them is if you indeed hated them with an unfathomable hatred. Otherwise you would want them on the train – even if they were your enemies.
So, this person speaking the phrase above wants to be loved “where they are”? Ok, fine. Well, where are they then?
They are separate from God, because they are not in Christ.
Ok, so if where they is are separate from God and in need of Christ, what’s the best way to love them?
Tell them about Christ.
In other words, when someone tells you, “You aren’t very good at this Christian love thing, are you? If you really loved me you would just accept me as I am, even if I’m not a Christian”, is simply means they have not been paying attention to the message. What message?
This one: THERE IS NO HUMAN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS EVER LOVED YOU MORE THAN I AM LOVING YOU RIGHT NOW BY TELLING YOU THAT THE BOMB IS COMING, AND JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE.
Now, I don’t want to give you the wrong impression here with all this fire-and-brimstone (anyone who knows me personally can tell you I normally don’t trade so hard on the whole “judgement” theme), but it really is important to get this message across.
When John the Baptist came preaching, he wasn’t telling people “God is your buddy, I really want you to get to know Him.” No. He was screaming to the crowds at the top of His lungs: “Repent! Repent!” (Matt 3:2) and asking Pharisees, “Who told you to flee from the coming judgement?” (Matt 3:7) This was the man who spoke of Jesus saying not “He’s a really nice guy – I just know we’ll all get along great!”, but instead, “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear the threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Matt 3:12)
The fact is, Jesus Himself talks about judgement and hell more in the Gospels than He does about heaven.
That’s what’s at stake. That’s why we sometimes seem too pushy when witnessing. That’s why we mourn so deeply when our brothers and sisters choose to ignore us.
And that’s the truth.
Aside: I really encourage you to read THIS article by Carl Kirby, a speaker for the ministry Answers in Genesis (link in the sidebar), for some great insights on this topic culled, of all places, from the mouths of atheists.
The bottom line is this: the bomb/judgement is coming. The gentleman in the video knows what he’s going to do with that knowledge.
Question is, do you?