C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Do We Practice Discriminatory Witnessing

As Christians, how is our burdening for the lost world? I mean really deep down inside of us. Are we discriminatory in our witnessing? You might ask what do I mean by discriminatory in our witnessing.

What I mean is this. What are your initial thoughts of the gospel of Jesus Christ unto salvation and your desire and/or action of witnessing when you see a “hot” looking guy/girl, what about an “ugly” looking guy/girl, what about a “clean cut” looking guy/girl, and what about a “heathen” looking guy/girl?

When we see a person do we find ourselves instinctively without thought placing people into different categories based on preconceived ideas we have already generated in our minds? Does this affect our desire and how we witness or whether we witness to them?

Take the “War on Terror” of today, can we see a Middle Eastern person today and witness to them the same way we witness to an American of our own racial, ethnic background? We should, but do we?

Are we consciously or subconsciously practicing Discriminatory Witnessing in deciding who receives the gospel of Jesus Christ and who does not right here in America?

3 comments:

Sista Cala said...

This is the question I asked my pastor last summer. We were going door-to-door witnessing. It seemed that we were only in certain types of neighborhoods.

Seems that he had picked certain areas based on some outside consultant's suggestions. He hadn't actually noticed the pattern w/certain demographics.

Sean said...

Yes, and we should. In America the discrimination is complete. White people go to white people church, blacks to theirs, and hispanics to theirs each and every Sunday.

When I taught Bible studies at the jail it was to mostly black guys. It didn't take long for me to realize that they did not want to come to a white man's church so I encouraged them to attended a church of their choice during their time out.

However, none of that says anything about the current mainstream witnessing technique, which is to become friends with people then slowly share the gospel with them.

If that's the case then it is best to discriminate against those you have the least in common; that way you maximize the chances of converting them.

BEAST said...

Hmm.

Not sure about the discrimination thing, but if one is to survive in a globalized environment, then one will have to deal with all kinds of races.

In America, the issue has mostly been about blacks and whites, with very few in between.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.