Consider these practical suggestions for sharing the gospel at work.
How on earth are we supposed to love a culture that refuses to love itself?
How blessed it would be to answer this question so convincingly that no one thinks to ask; all will know that Calvinists really do care about missions.
Jesus’ physical absence is better for us than his continued physical presence.
For Bubba Watson, winning golf’s biggest tournament isn’t the most important thing in life.
“I don’t want to send our son to church to be brain-washed like those Stoddard kids!” our atheist friend said to his wife. He grew up in East Germany, and we had been church-planting in the former East for a few years by then. At first, I was offended that he would view the kids’ program at our church as brainwashing. But then, I couldn’t forget that he was probably taught Marx’s view of religion throughout his life:
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right)
According to Marx, if people were to truly think for themselves, they’d detox themselves from using the addicting, mind-altering power of religion to numb their pain. But ironically, the effort in East Germany to systematically eradicate religion from society required a new form of brainwashing to inculcate its people with the socialist ideal. An atheistic society was forged, Christian holidays were renamed, and Christian rites such as baptisms, weddings, and confirmation were replaced with socialist ones.
The loss of individualism feared by my friend actually happened in East Germany under the guise of heralding Marxist equality. Socialist brainwashing appeared to be the only solution to the problems caused by Nazi brainwashing. Meanwhile, capitalism and individualism imposed a new and different …
When the gospel of Jesus Christ renews churches, a spirit of cooperation and celebration replaces their tendency toward parochialism and territorialism.
If you have an overly defined segment of the population that you are trying to reach, it is possible you are merely trying to reach people whose company you prefer.
Only if their imagination is captured will most give a fair hearing to the strong arguments for the truth of Christianity.
Recovery-culture churches are not always family-friendly, but they are always gospel-friendly.