A friend sent me the link to the video above . . . and at first, I was blown away. Watch it now, and see if it affects you in the same way.
Okay, are you done? The more I thought about this video, however, the more I realized that the rose metaphor is PERFECT for a discussion about purity and holiness in a group of believers. They would understand with no problem.
This young man’s chagrin stems from the fact that he brought a friend who was not a believer to church. And the metaphor, of course, wasn’t only inappropriate for her, it was sharp and cutting.
Scripture warns us that spiritual infants can’t handle meat; people who are spiritually blind can’t understand things of the Spirit.
And a church, by definition, is a body of believers. Far too often today I see Christians who think their sole duty is not to be a witness for Christ, but simply to invite their friends to church . . . where the pastor and other “professional Christians” can do the heavy lifting of evangelism. Where did that idea come from? It’s not biblical. The biblical example is that we meet people and share Christ where they are.
Some churches certainly have evangelistic programs; that’s great. But I think far too many of us–myself included–are all too happy to leave the real work of evangelism to church employees. I can’t tell you how many times people call my house (and my pastor hubby) to tell him about their friend so-and-so who needs to hear about Jesus.
Well . . . why haven’t they explained who He is?
I’ve often said that I write with one of two audiences in mind. I’m either writing for the church crowd (in which case I’ll usually feature a believing protagonist) or for the world at large. The latter category will not have “Christianese” or content that an unbeliever wouldn’t appreciate or even understand. Instead, I try to implant Truth the Spirit can use to work on the hearer’s heart.
You wouldn’t visit Britain and stand to address a crowd in Spanish. You wouldn’t go to Mexico and proceed to speak in Russian. You have to speak the language of your audience; you have to understand their culture well enough to communicate.
And that’s my thought for the day.