The single greatest crisis of our day is that there are human beings who are not Christians. There are also human beings who still have not heard the gospel…one single time. This is by far the single greatest crisis of our day.
Let me be clear about what I mean. It is of far greater consequence for one person to be saved than:
- For all of Africa to be cured of its AIDS epidemic.
- The cure for all cancers to be found.
- For homelessness or world hunger to be solved.
If someone dies in their lost state, they burn in Hell forever. “For the wages of sin is [eternal] death…” (Romans 6:23). Lostness is a far greater crisis than racial brokenness, the displaced refugee crisis, terrorism, millions of babies being aborted, human trafficking, and orphans in need of adoption.
If this is news to you, you do not yet understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Recently, a friend went to the ER with an intolerable headache and discovered he has a brain tumor. Now, let’s be clear, the headache was intolerable. So much so that surgeons performed emergency surgery. They cut open his skull and drained fluid to provide relief in order that he could live with any quality of life. The headache was a major problem that needed immediate attention. But nonetheless, the headache was a symptom of the tumor. At all times, the doctors and my friend have been clear that the greater crisis at hand is the tumor.
As we look at culture today, let’s be really clear about the single greatest crisis at hand. Social justice issues are the intolerable headache; lostness is the tumor. One is a serious symptom, the other is the heart of the problem.
NEHBC, I am personally heavily vested in advocating the sanctity of all human life, God’s design for human sexuality, and religious liberty. I work hard to lead our church in these efforts. I am really proud of our members who are personally involved in the same issues, as well as human trafficking, refugee ministry, immigration ministry, orphan care, homeless ministry, and the like. Out of our love and allegiance to Christ we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. All of the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.
But none of this changes the fact that the single greatest need of our culture is evangelism and missions. The greatest form of neighborly love and state patriotism is personal evangelism. We fight symptoms, but we are driven to address the heart of the problem…lostness. People need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and be called to salvation. The greatest way we love and serve people is by intentionally seeking to get the gospel itself into the hands and minds of unbelievers.
As you serve social justice causes, seek at all times to share the gospel with unbelievers. As you go about your day, pray for opportunities to hand someone a gospel tract or to share the gospel with them. As you pray for the nations, consider which of our international missions trips you could go on in 2017 or 2018.
Our next personal evangelism training workshop is Sunday, February 12th from 4-6 pm. I’m leading it. I hope you come.