Ooohhheee! What? You can’t be faithful and popular? That’s right. Christian, if you think you are going to win popularity contests through your faithful testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are gravely mistaken.
The Gospel, the best of all news, in proclaiming to fallen, sinful humanity, that God, Himself has made a way for mankind to be reconciled to Him, does not quite fit into the mindset of how mankind views himself.
Remember back in the ‘70’s there was that new age book that filled men’s minds with mush….”I’m Okay, You’re Okay”? It fed the self-indulging ego that had already swelled beyond any reasonable proportion. But, men being as we are, gripped that lie and took it to heart, and for some, that lie only supported the religion of narcissism and further love of self.
Face it…..there is nothing about the message of the cross of Christ that fits in very comfortably with how man views himself. For in fact, the gospel confronts mankind and exposes his true spiritual condition: LOST!. My wife and I were at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver the other night for the Colorado Home and Garden Show. When we got inside, on the east wall in huge letters about two feet in height was this message: “If You Are Lost Come Here!” I immediately upon reading this said to my wife and her sister, “this is great….they have set aside a place in this huge convention hall for Christian ministry!” But alas, we all know that that was not what was intended.
For followers of Christ to share the Gospel, to live the Gospel, to be faithful to its message of hope for all men, is to invite, in most instances, the wrath, the scorn, the disdain of a world bent on hopelessness, despair and dejection. But don’t let that discourage you faithful church! Press on….preach that Gospel……for in so doing, you don’t know what fruit will come forth…..but God our Father does.
And we know that when our journey is over, and we finally come home to our resting place, any popularity contest we may have not won on this world, will not be remembered as we glory in the presence of Christ, the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin.
“He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24