Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

I grew up in a town that has a church on nearly every single corner.

And when my husband and I relocated for grad school, our new town was no different, with a church on nearly every single corner.

It has been easy to think that the gospel has saturated the people around me and that if they are not Christians, it is not for lack of opportunity or knowledge.

Today, though, I came face-to-face with the realization that, even in a place so permeated by those who claim to be the people of God, there are still people who are completely in the dark.

I've known for a while that this person is hostile toward the church.  It makes me sad to hear her comments and opinions about the bride of Christ, and even more so when the people of God do things that only serve to make her more resolute in her ideas.

But now, I am startled to realize that all she knows of Christ and His church is what she has seen of His people.

It makes me wonder how many times I have been a good or a bad representative of Christ to someone who has only seen Jesus through His followers.

I've often heard the quote, "You may the only Bible some people will ever read," but I never thought that it was completely true.  I never imagined that someone, at least in our culture, would be so completely void of the knowledge of the gospel.  Understanding that has made me realize just how important my day-to-day actions are to the people around me.

What experiences have you had with people who are unknowledgable or resistant to the gospel?  What tips would you have for being a better witness to these people?

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3 Responses to Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

  1. I suspect there are those who have had one bad experience with a Christian and are skeptical from that point forward. Maybe they close their eyes and ears to all Christianity at that moment. If that is the case, it doesn't matter how many churches there are, they will not be open to hearing the Gospel. But that doesn't mean we should give up trying.
    We may not be perfect, but we are called to live holy lives. And our lives are what others see and see Christ in us. It may be the only Gospel they will ever "hear," and if that is the case, then I certainly need to be living my life in line with God's message. Kirra, your post is a good reminder for each of us to consider each thought, word and action we take. For we may consider those around us who are observing us, but we know for certain that God is watching us and it is for Him that I am living. Grace, Donna

  2. I have a Christian friend who refuses to put any Jesus paraphernalia on her car, just in case she inadvertently does something negative that would cause nonbelievers to judge Jesus by his followers. The best thing we can do is to love people - especially people whom other Christians have judged and have likely been pushed away from Jesus by "turn or burn" messages.

  3. So very true! Beautifully written xoxo


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