The call from Jesus is “Go into All the World, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15). This is a very serious challenge when it is considered. It is sobering to think that Jesus, the Lord and King of the universe, wants us to go into the entire world and proclaim the good news. Although the marching orders we receive from Christ are challenging and even overwhelming at first, they are still realistic and the goal is one that can be accomplished (1 Jn. 5:3). But, just how are we to go into a lost and dark world and give them the good news about Jesus?
How can we confront many who don’t believe and aren’t interested in our invitation to come and investigate the facts about the God of Heaven? There are so many approaches that are often taken, but one that is constant in the religious world today is the idea that if Christians can show the world that we are not that different from them–if we can just loosen up and drop down our moral guard a tad–then we can better reach individuals with the gospel.
The problem with the approach that calls for Christians to give up their distinctiveness in order to save others is that it is the exact opposite of what Jesus wants. Although Jesus wants the entire world to be saved, he calls for the world to be won over by his truth and the influence of the very different lives his people live as compared to those of the world. The thought that I can save more family and friends by giving in and sinning is not only unwise, but it will not be successful. When Christians attempt to save others by sinning, anybody who they have “converted” may be converted to spirituality, but they will not be converted to Christ. The call from Jesus is “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16).