So what do you think? “Winning Souls For Jesus” sounds like a good thing. We are supposed to care about the souls of other people aren’t we? Jesus certainly does!
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
I must confess that when I think about “something God would like but would still be fun for us,” I am not too eager to put evangelism or “winning souls” in this category.
“Winning Souls” just as a phrase by itself sounds very uncomfortable to my ear. Perhaps as this comic strip hints, it makes a very serious thing seem like a competitive game with points and prizes.
Here is something that I read recently on WordPress by a Christian writer. “I am not sent from God for you to save or save again. So please don’t treat me that way.”
That really made me think. This was said by a believer, someone who wants to follow Christ more closely and is asking questions to think through what that means for him, but if this is how he perceives the Christian community as a “Church Insider,” what about a “Church Outsider”?
Do we treat our neighbor as if they were living in a Third World country where no one had ever heard of Jesus?
Does this mean that we have one slant to the Gospel for those in Third World countries where Jesus has never or only barely been preached and a different slant for those in what might be considered Christian countries?
That “slant thing” just doesn’t feel quite right to me because it seems to be contrary, I believe, to my strong desire to find out who Real Life Jesus is to all people everywhere and what His Gospel message is to all people everywhere.