The “Great Commission” directs us to demonstrate our concern for the eternity of souls by leading people to know God through Jesus Christ. Sometimes our obedience is a very public testimonial of words. Most often, however, it is a testimonial of action. Peter writes:
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
No one will ask us about the hope that we have when we appear no more hopeful than others of the world. There is something about the way we act, the values we practice, and the sacrifices we make for others that compels people to say something to us.
How peculiar we look when we practice an unfamiliar love in a world of sin. When we sacrifice without reward, when we give without getting, and when we persevere with an enduring commitment towards others, even when we aren’t liked by others, we still stand out. And when we stand out, people will want to know how we do it and why we do it. In that way, the door opens to talk about the hope that we have – the Savior of our soul.
At stake in every battle or debate is a soul, created by God and redeemed by Christ. No matter how distressing an issue may be, it always resides within the larger context of eternity, both for those who advocate error and for those of us who object to it.
Consider this point in the way we debate the hot issues of our time. Both sides often equally practice the cancel culture. We act as if this life is all there is. We carry on like we must win every argument, win every election, and set ourselves up as the oracles of hope in a hopeless world.
Measure your words and actions carefully. Get involved and be a force of good. In the process, build a bridge and not a wall between those who need the truth, and you as the keeper of the truth.
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