Has communication changed? When I read about how followers of Jesus shared the good news I observe a communication style that is frowned upon today. It was normal in those days for a person to proclaim with a loud confident voice about a truth we should all know and believe but today if you see someone yelling in the streets you will probably assume insanity or some sort of drug related problem.
In those days a person who proclaimed news was called a Harold. They were given information from the leader of a government and all they did was repeat it over and over again until new information was given to them. As followers of Jesus, our message has not changed. If the message has changed it is not the same message. The message is simple, Jesus came and died for the sins of the world and rose on the third day. Now we can have a relationship with God and be saved from our sins. Repent and believe.
How hard is it to tell someone this message? To people who make it obvious that they don’t want to hear it, it may be the most difficult thing to tell people. I think the problem is that we assume what people can handle and we self censor the news so that we will not be rejected. For example, telling a person who is living in sin that they are a sinner will probably evoke an aggressive response, it would be much easier to tell them that God is love and leave it at that.
Many “believers” today think that the only time you should share your faith is when a person asks. Kinda like a don’t ask don’t tell policy. I honestly sometimes feel this way, especially when I assume hostility from a person. Still others rely heavily on their church to communicate for them. Just invite your unsaved friend and let your pastor deal with them.
What happened to boldness? What happened to being empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out and tell the world? What does it take for us to go do what we have been commanded to do, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Maybe you are up for the challenge?