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There’s a Shark in the Water!

How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14

I saw a video on Youtube and it has been bothering me since the very moment I viewed it. It is so indicative of the attitude of many Christians today.

A street preacher who was sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ was interrupted by a young woman who identified herself as a Christian. Her argument was that he was turning people off, being judgmental and angering the crowd by preaching that they need to repent from their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

She said that she tried to live her life according to how Jesus instructed, that people would see that she was a “good person,” see Jesus in her and would thereby come to Christ. She told the preacher that he should “…just shut up, go out into the world and live a good life and people would come to Jesus.”

Watch the video for yourself:

This girl is just like so many Christians today. Silent. Deafeningly silent to the millions who are following that broad road to hell. Oh, yes, they are full of good works. They will help the poor, serve in soup kitchens, donate to worthy causes, sing in church choirs, take an active role in their church, serve in the nursery, donate to missions, attend Bible studies, they may even teach Sunday School. They live a “good” life – but they never witness to others.

And why not? Why are Christians mute when it comes to leading others to Christ?

Are Christians cowards, quaking in our boots that we are going to offend someone in our insane need to be part of the politically correct set or a part of pop culture?

Are we afraid we will appear to be judgmental if we mention that people need to repent of their sin and that acceptance of Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation?

We tremble to think that finger of accusation be pointed at us with the stinging words: “Judge NOT!” But telling people what the Bible says is not being judgmental, it is sharing the gospel. The only scripture they know,

Judge not, lest ye be judged. Matthew 7:1

is taken completely out of context. “Judge not” is screamed loudly by the sinner to drown out the condemnation in their heart because they know the error of their ways, they simply don’t want to hear the truth.

Sinners with hardened hearts will go to great lengths to keep from hearing the truth about sin. The evil Herodias, wife of Herod Antipas, conspired with her daughter, Salome to have her husband chop off the head of John the Baptist to shut him up and stop him from condemning her for her sin. Was John the Baptist being judgmental? No, he was trying to save her soul from the flames of eternal hell fire!

Are Christians embarrassed by the gospel of Jesus Christ?

We know the scripture tells us:

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

We convince ourselves that as long as we aren’t ashamed or embarrassed by Christ when we are in church or with our Christian friends then it’s all good. Well, my friend…it is not.

Many Christians think that it isn’t their job to tell others about Christ and the path to salvation – that’s the preacher’s job. My friend, if you are a Christian, it is YOUR job! Jesus gave the Great Commission to the disciples in Matthew 28:19 & 20 and it applies to all believers:

Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.

Penn Gillette, half of the comedy duo Penn and Teller, is an avowed atheist and this is what he had had to say about silent Christians.

I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

Let me just leave you with this thought. Imagine you were standing on a sandy beach on a beautiful sunny day and before you were many people frolicking in the waters, having a wonderful time, laughing and playing and enjoying their fun. From where you stood, you could clearly see that a massive, hungry shark was in the water. They couldn’t see the shark. Would you warn the people of the impending disaster and death?  Or would you stand in silence and simply hope that they would see how happy and safe you are on the sand and they would just come out of the water and join you?

I am going to scream for as long as I have breath, “There’s a shark in the water, please come to the shore!”

For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16

May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!


5 thoughts on “There’s a Shark in the Water!

  1. Sometimes I stick my neck out and get uncomfortable for Jesus (just today actually) and sometimes I wait and pray and watch. I was utterly turned off by doomsday messages, but my heart was broken and healed by messages of forgiveness and love. But I know of someone else who was converted by a doomsday message. (She was a pole dancer and a passerby told her she was going to hell and invited her to church and she came). I think we always need to pray and follow the Spirit’s lead for how to approach, but should not shy away if the message is to be hardline. Boy is it uncomfortable!

  2. Oh my goodness! This is sooo good! It is dead on for the real judgment that is occurring among non-Christians as they ridicule Christians for caring enough to warn them about the truth, so they can avoid going to Hell! My pastor has preached this very same message; and actually discussed the flip side of the coin: If you knew someone was giving away free money, houses, cars to all of your family and friends; for FREE… WOULDN’t you want to share the good news with them? Then why wouldn’t you tell them the Good News about Eternal Life? That sermon has always stuck with me. Notice the girl in the video was also very dramatic, and promoting hate among the crowd. She is caught up in her own guilt and self-condemnation, and she is projecting her own frustrations and fears onto this street preacher. She doesn’t want to witness, when we are commanded to go out and tell the world about Jesus! Bear Fruit!

    Note, she also said, “I THINK we are talking about the same God,” but she wasn’t sure. She reminds me of the Bible story where a girl in the crowd was following Jesus’ disciples and Paul rebuked her:

    “She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.’ She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!’ At that moment the spirit left her” (Acts 16:18). It’s a different story, but the base is the same: the girl is a distraction, claiming to believe the same thing as the street preacher, yet distracting others with her voice which continues to go on and on, taking away from the message of the gospel.

    I’ve run into this same kind of person many times, especially online. It’s refreshing to see that I am not alone in my belief that people need to hear the truth about the gospel, even if it’s difficult. People need to know there is only ONE way to Heaven, and it’s Jesus. Otherwise, they are doomed to Hell. And they are angry at us for warning them, when we don’t even have to? We do so, because Jesus lives within us, and he wants none to perish. Our job is to tell people about Jesus, so they can go to Heaven too. “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15).

    God bless you, Mimi, in Jesus’ name! Keep proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ! ?

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