Not Ashamed

I recently got into a religious discussion with a friend of a friend, and he made it a point to say that the way I “push my religion on others is nauseating.” * I have to say, that is the first time anyone has ever stated that my sharing of the gospel is nauseating. And you know what? I take that as a compliment.

You see, Jesus sent all His disciples out with one mission: preach the gospel and make disciples. That’s it. We are to spread the gospel, the good news, that Jesus came, lived, died, rose, and ascended for the sake of this fallen world to bring us back to Him and His Father, our Father, our Creator, the God of Angel Armies.

We are not be ashamed of that message. We are not to back down in the face of opposition. We are to welcome the persecution that is brought upon us because of the message of Christ.

The fact that my testament to God and His glory and His Son is nauseating to someone, the fact that my daring to share my faith is nauseating, is good news to me! The devil does not want him to hear the gospel, so the devil caused him to become at the very least physically disturbed because I believe in the gospel and dared to share it with someone who is a blatant atheist.

Let that be our goal, church. Let us be nauseating to those who are opposed to us. Let us be salt in the wound. Let us be a beautiful letdown. Let us be those who are fools for Christ, foolish to the world, but let us grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus Christ!

“It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: ‘The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.'” (Romans 1:16-17; The Message)

*  I want to make it a point to say that I wasn’t pushing my faith on him. I simply mentioned that I would pray for him and that I hope he finds faith in Christ Jesus.

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