Sunday, October 28, 2012

Getting Looks

Advice: Candid shots at events can be really fun! Get a camera with a good zoom (or a good zoom lens!) and hide out in the crowd, taking shots from a distance where you will not be noticed.

When Christians share the Gospel with people, often times they will get some rather unflattering looks; particularly from those who are known to be great scholars by the world's standards. Fortunately, despite the popular saying about "If looks could kill, I'd be dead", God does not seem to have ordained that any of His people be killed by a disdainful expression. At least, I have not heard of an instance where this has happened.

So why do so many people feel nervous to share the message proclaimed in the Bible? For those of us who live in America, where so far we still have the freedom to speak of Christ without being killed or physically harmed (in most cases), likely all we will receive are disagreeable words and expressions, or at worst, no longer be spoken to by the individual again. Isn't it a small chance to take when their lives are at stake?

Some may say that it seems a little over dramatic to say one's life is at stake just because they do not believe the Bible, especially when they can see no visible danger posed toward them. But here is the thing about dangers- it's the invisible ones you REALLY have to be worried about. If some one knew there was a deranged killer in the back seat of your car, wouldn't you want them to tell you? And to the one who knows about the killer- wouldn't you be doing a tremendous disservice to some one by leaving them to be killed without warning? Would you hold back giving them such important information just because you'd be afraid they might call you an idiot or become angry at you because they perceive your message as a waste of their time?

"Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else." -2 Corinthians 9:13

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God..."
 - 2 Peter 3:10-12a

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