Recently, while doing devotions with my wife, we came across a conversation that takes place between the main character and the Teacher in C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce”.
The Teacher tells the main character, “‘There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself…as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.'”
And I have to ask, when we preach the Gospel, where is our focus?
I recently had the privilege of reading and commenting on Don Merrit’s More Fun with Pharisees, where he talks about the ridiculousness of the Pharisees who knew the Scriptures and the prophecies regarding the Christ and had the Christ in front of the them and didn’t recognize Him.
Unfortunately, in Christianity, particularly American Christianity, we tend to worry more about making more people Christians than we are about giving them and showing them Christ as He is. I’m not saying all Christians in America are like this, but I feel like that’s the overall theme of a lot of the mainline Christian churches in America.
I noted on Don’s post that when I look at the Pharisees, I see them more as the “relevant” pastors and church leaders who try to make the message as attractive as possible, all the while pushing Jesus out of it. They have Jesus right there in front of them, but they ignore Him. There is the Messiah calling the whole time, and they completely miss Him, their lives never truly being changed, nor are the lives of those who follow them changed.
So, when we preach the Gospel, where is our focus? Are we seeking to get more people to know Christ or are we just trying to add to our numbers?
Are we actually seeking a radical life change in the people we speak to about Christ, or are we just trying to make more people check “Christian” when they do their next census form?
Where is your focus?