I remember driving my friends to church when I was in high school. One night, on our way home, I was pulled over. I remember it for two reasons. One, because it was the very first time I had ever been pulled over. And two, because one of the guys in the back seat had been arguing with me about the speed limit moments before we saw the flashing lights. He thought I should be driving faster, but I refused. Thus, I know I wasn’t speeding.
The cop tried to argue otherwise.
Now, arguing with a cop is never a good idea, but my perfect driving record was at stake. I was a good church girl and he had no right to suggest otherwise. After checking the IDs of everyone in the car, and doing a visual check to see if we had any illegal substances with us, he let us go without so much as a warning.
And he left me shaking.
His insinuation that I had broken the law rocked me to the core. Especially since I knew it wasn’t true.
When Good News Isn’t Good
This is the scene that replays in my mind when I think about sharing the gospel.
To suggest that God sent His Son to save the world, suggests that the world needed saving. To suggest we are in need of a personal Savior, suggests that we personally can’t hack it. And that doesn’t sound like good news.
In fact, it sounds offensive.
I imagine it would be accompanied by some of the same feelings I have when I think about that night so long ago. If someone would have stepped in and offered to pay my speeding ticket, I wouldn’t have saw it as good news. I wouldn’t have been grateful. Partly because the officer never gave me one, and partly because I knew I didn’t deserve one.
This weekend, Christians all around the globe will gather to celebrate the good news of the gospel. And people all over the world will question why it’s good news at all. They’ll look at us and wonder why we have bought into a lie, and they will scorn the fact that we think they should, too.
A while back, I shared an article on Facebook. It was a testimony of Christian love being lived out in a beautiful and real way. Both the Christian women, and the women they were ministering to were changed, and they both were thankful for the experience.
And then I was attacked for being a judgmental bigot.
To say that the women mentioned in the article needed loving in the first place made me evil, even though I didn’t write it. To suggest they needed saving, well, I might as well have accused them of speeding, even though they weren’t even in a car.
It broke my heart, but it also made me more aware of how non-Christians view the gospel.
Before the world can see Jesus as their Savior, they have to know that they need saving. And that’s something that’s really hard to tell someone who doesn’t believe it. The good news of the gospel, isn’t good to someone who isn’t ready to hear it.
2 Ways To Share The Good News (in a good way)
So where does that leave us?
How can we share the good news of the gospel with a world that doesn’t want to hear it?
1.) Love Unconditionally
John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I think the answer really is that simple, even though that gets pretty messy.
If we simply love the people around us, with no ulterior motive, hearts will be changed.
2.) Make It Personal
For me, this reminder is to look for smaller windows. Instead of shouting at the world that they need a Savior, I’m reminded that we all have our own struggles. Jesus offers forgiveness to murders, but He also offers hope to the overworked mom. He offers freedom to the church girls who are trying to prove their worth. Extends grace to the high school girl that just failed her English test. Jesus freely gives mercy, comfort, love, redemption, refuge, rest, and so much more.
The good news of the gospel is that God sent His Son to save a world that needed saving. The work has already been done. The price has been paid. And that’s what we are celebrating this week. We are celebrating that God loved us so much, that He sent His Son to die for us before we were even born. And He did it. From the cross Jesus said, “It is finished.”
We celebrate the good news this weekend, because we know that it is good. We know it in the depths of our souls. And we naturally want to share it with others. We are called to share it with others. But we have to remember that not everyone is going to see it as good, and meet them where they’re at.
We all need Jesus, it just takes some of us longer to see it than others.
How will you share the good news this week?
Do you have any plans for sharing the good news of the gospel this week? Do you invite a friend or family member to church for Easter? Or do you have any tips or sharing Jesus with a world that isn’t ready to listen? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.