One of the greatest blessings of living in the United States is the ease with which you can surround yourself with Christian activities and Christian communities.
Christian school. Christian co-workers. Chick-fil-a for lunch. Family life centers (i.e. Christian gyms). Church league softball or basketball. Christian radio stations. Christian bookstores. God Tube. And then, regular church services several times a week.
You can insert yourself into a Jesus bubble, very easily. Sometimes that feeling can be awesome. You might even think that it’s cool that you don’t have to be bothered with all of those sinners.
If you think that way, you’d be wrong.
Jesus didn’t save us to live in a bubble. He didn’t command His disciples to insulate themselves from the world.
As much of a blessing as that may seem, at times, to have the Christian luxuries that exist in the US, I believe it to be one of the greatest hindrances to the cause of Christ in highly evangelized societies (like the US or Brazil).
We have Christianized everything so much that we have stopped evangelizing. For most, the extent of our evangelistic efforts is an invitation to an event on Facebook. It used to be face to face invitation, but with social media it has devolved even further into cyber-sharing and status updates.
So, what are we to do? What’s the answer?
Pop the bubble.
That’s right. Pop the bubble.
Get out of it.
Start becoming more like Jesus. Be a friend to sinners. Spend time with them. Love them. Minister to them.
Don’t preach at them. Love them.
Don’t just invite them to church. Invite them to your house for supper. Invite them to go shopping or hunting.
Play 9 holes with somebody that doesn’t go to church
Engage the lost, on purpose.
I’m not talking about knocking on a stranger’s door or going out in force to demonstrate against abortion.
Those things have their place and should be done, but not at the expense of being witnesses.
I confess. I don’t really like Rick Warren‘s approach to church. I disagree with him on just about every level, but while reading the book Accidental Missionary by Steve Murrell I came across the following passage about a podcast of an interview with Warren. Murrell wrote:
The host asked Rick which evangelism program his church used to see so many people come to Christ. Rick’s response was interesting. ‘We don’t use an evangelism program. Never have in the history of our church. Never plan to. When people give their lives to Christ, we simply tell them to keep doing what they were already doing, as long as it is not sin.’
Rick went on to explain that they encourage new believers that if they played golf every Saturday, they should keep playing golf every Saturday – just not with church people….He said that if we stay engaged in our relationships and if we are half decent Christians, then it is only a matter of time until we have an opportunity to share the story of our faith journey.
Pop the bubble and get out into the real world.