In Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” In a culture of comfort and convenience, stepping out of our comfort zone to reach out to others isn’t an ideal life for us. Telling people that they are sinners isn’t particularly a fun job either. No one wants to be told that they are doing something wrong, especially people in today’s society.
In most cases when we are faced with a challenging goal, we try to lighten the load by taking the easier route. This often mitigates the results and gives people the wrong impression of your product or message you are giving. For example: if a baker doesn’t use all of the ingredients in the recipe to make her apple pie, she creates a subpar dessert or an inedible disaster entirely. If the customer that buys the end product has never had apple pie, their idea of what an apple pie is supposed to look and taste is perverted from the beginning.
A common tactic being used in evangelism today is to “soften” the approach by minimizing talk about sin or excluding it altogether. This “feel good” preaching is messing with the ingredients of the Gospel, though, and it gives the person you are talking to a subpar product. They are the customer who has never had the apple pie and they are walking away with the wrong impression of Christ.
When giving the saving message of Jesus Christ, people have to know that they are sinners. That we are all sinners, and that there is a punishment for that sin if we don’t seek His forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice. After all, what is He saving us from if we are all good people to begin with? We end up creating stoic Christians that believe in a watered-down Gospel and that you can simply believe Christ exists, live the life you want, and end up in Heaven. God wants more than that! He, like any father should, wants us to love Him, seek to spend time with Him, and listen to His guidance.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t approach people with the Message in love or that you need to use scare tactics to create disciples. The point is, though, that if you love them, you will tell them what path they are on. Only one road leads to eternal life, and that road goes through Jesus. Every other road runs straight up to a cliff and drops off. If you love someone, you should make sure they aren’t on a road that will send them careening off a ledge and to their doom. And we are told to love everyone. (1 John 4:7-8)
So go and spread the Good News. Let people know that God loves them and wants them to draw near to Him. When you do, be sure to give them the whole message. Don’t leave out that they, along with everyone else, needs saving, and that Christ has paid the price for them. They just need to seek His fellowship, guidance, and forgiveness.