Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Be in the World. Not in a Bubble.

“How many lost people do you hang out with every day?”

That is a question that was presented to me this week. I’ll be honest. I grew up in church. I became a Christ follower when I was six. I have very limited experience with the outside world. Because being a “Christian” in America in today’s world means being at church two, three, four, six, seven days a week. We have activities that are “evangelical” at church where we might be able to bring our friends and neighbors to eat with us or play sports with our kids or watch fireworks. And those are good, for the most part. BUT. Let’s be honest. Those activities are more for ourselves. We want to be fun and have fun. But we don’t want to step outside of our church bubble. It is comfortable. It is safe. We don’t face those pesky temptations. And we don’t have to see or deal with or interact with people who don’t agree with what we agree with and what we believe.

I am like that. While I was in the states, I was surrounded by Christians. I was safe. It’s not that I didn’t like lost people. I was just so consumed with “being a Christian” that I didn’t actually know how to be a Christ follower.

We’ve heard over and over that Christ came to save the lost. Jesus ate with sinners. Jesus ate with the tax collectors and brought salvation to the prostitutes. But do we really believe it? Are we willing to move to where they are and live among them? Because that’s what Jesus did. And I’m not talking about moving overseas, although if God has called you to do that, then you really should. It will change your life.

But before you talk about going on a mission trip or moving overseas, are you willing to ask your homosexual co-worker to have lunch? Are you willing to sit down over a cup of coffee with your Muslim classmate? No, you don’t have to agree with what they believe. You don’t have to agree with someone in order to hang out with them and to love on them and show them Jesus and tell them that He loves them and died for them. The end. Because that is what Jesus did.

So, back to the question. How many lost people do you hang out with? How many lost people do you even know? I don’t do it enough. I didn’t while I was in the states. I still really don’t here. Not as much as I should. So, I apologize. I apologize to my homosexual friends. I have completely abandoned you. I stopped talking to you and hanging out with you and loving you. To my atheistic friends and Muslim friends I am sorry I have not gotten to know you. I really want to be your friend. To anyone else I have not gotten to know because I hid myself in my little bubble. I am sorry.

And to my Christian friends. Do you have friends that need Jesus? How often do you hang out with them?

As Romans 10:14 is paraphrased, in my mind: How can they believe without hearing? And how will they hear if I don’t tell them?

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