Happy Election Day! And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. If you want to read something really cool, check out this post by my friend Megan.
And if you want to know how I feel about politics at the moment, let’s just say I totally agree with Meg’s bold assertion that I’ve come to a place of feeling like, for me, discussing politics is, at best, a waste of time, and at worst, it’s a significant distraction from my real purpose here: going, telling, making disciples, all that Great Commission stuff.
Speaking of that Great Commission stuff, what’d you think of Chapter 7??
I’ve had several encounters lately with people who just couldn’t wrap their minds around a loving God sending people to hell. I get that, and I’ve been thinking on it quite a bit lately. And other alternatives start to sound pretty good until…
If people will go to heaven precisely because they never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus, then the worst thing we could do for their eternal state would be to go to them and tell them about Jesus. That would only increase their chances of going to hell! (p. 148)
And this: If we conclude that people can get to heaven apart from faith in Christ, then this would mean there is something else they can do to get to heaven… tantamount to saying to Jesus, “Thanks for what you did on the cross, but we could have gotten to God another way.” (p. 154)
No, hell doesn’t seem fair. But a lot of things God does don’t seem fair. And his unfairness goes both ways–the judgment way and the mercy and grace way. Anyway.
I love the visual of God sending servants –> servants preaching –> people hearing –> hearers believing –> believers calling on the name of the Lord –> everyone who calls getting saved.
And that the only part that could screw the whole thing up is the part about the servants (me and you) not preaching the gospel.
And maybe you’re like me, where you think (or used to think) that “preaching the gospel” is something that only super-smart, super-spiritual, missionary-ish people can do. But do you know what it really is? It’s getting to know someone who doesn’t know Christ, maybe someone who needs some physical needs met or just some love and attention. It’s giving of your heart and time and life and laughter and friendship and maybe even clothes and food to that person. Little by little, step by step.
And it’s praying God will give you an opportunity to tell that person about your relationship with Christ. And he will.
So, that “takes care” of the people in our own neighborhoods. But what about the people around the world who have never even heard of Jesus? What about the Bedouins? Back on August 6, I wrote a whole post about this quote (maybe you’re standing in line to vote and have all kinds of time to read the entire thing on your nifty little phone):
“Will we sit back and wait for some tingly feeling to go down our spines before we rise up and do what we have already been commanded to do? Will we risk everything–our comfort, our possessions, our safety, our security, our very lives–to make the gospel known among unreached people? Such rising up and such risk taking are the unavoidable results of a life that is radically abandoned to Jesus.”
Rising up?? Risking everything?? Gulp.
What in the world are we supposed to do with this chapter, friends??