This topic can get very deep and philosophical fast! The nature of it is not easy due to truth being relative for so many people. So, how do we do this hard thing? Especially with people we love so very deeply? How do you share the Gospel truth in love without actually sacrificing the truth? Because that's what we tend to do, water it down so as not to offend or cause a divide. I have asked some lovely humans to weigh in on this subject, so let's take a look at what they have to say...
"We aren’t told by the Lord to go and condemn those who don’t believe what we do.
It only pushes people away when you want to force the gospel down their throats and say “JUST BELIEVE.” Sure, it would be nice, right? That people would believe just by saying the Lord is the way, truth, and life. Believe and you shall be saved.
But that isn’t reality is it?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:17-18).
We need to be a witness and tell others about God’s mercy and love that he has given to us in our lives (truth of His unfailing love) so that we may help others see his goodness & faithfulness. Giving your testimony is truth to God’s word and what it has done for you."
- Rachel Stear
Baker and Mama, @rastear
"I think, from my experience, the way to share the gospel in love that people are going to pay attention to has a lot more to do with how you live than what you say. People notice the way you live your life and how you treat others. They notice your faithfulness, your honesty, your compassion. And it sticks with people a lot more than perfectly worded doctrine (as important as that may be). But I also think sharing the gospel always needs to include 1) a dialogue--ask questions, listen well--and 2) the very good news, the heart of the gospel that we are ALL sinners, but that Christ died for us, bearing all our sin and shame, defeated death, and has clothed us in his own righteousness that we are unable to add to. That will offend some, but for most, that is a beautiful relief."
- Kathleen McAlister
Editor and Writer
If she were speaking to someone perspective:
"The gospel is everyday, it's here with us in lent as we learn and relearn our messiness. We scoop the sludge out of our hearts, and give it to others in handfuls and we can say proudly "Look! Look at what God loves in me!" Our hearts are ugly, and God tends to them; we see the mess in others, and in it is the Good News, and it is beautiful. "
- Maria Retucci
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA
"I recently saw a meme that said “Jesus sat with sinners. Jesus didn’t sin with sinners.” While I can’t comment on the attitude of the person who created the meme, or any of those who subsequently shared it, I think, in many ways, it adequately captures what it means to share our faith in love without compromising our faith. In Jesus' day, to sit with someone, specifically to share a meal as Jesus often did, what an indication of accepting a person. Many people also saw it as accepting their sin, BUT, if we look at the examples where Jesus sat with a person, the person walked away changed (and not angry). I’ve heard far too many “right-wing Christians” get worked up over someone listing their pronouns or being asked about pronouns. Even if you don’t agree with a person about something like sexuality (maybe you see it as a sin) acknowledging their pronouns, or sharing yours when asked, is an easy way to “sit” with someone. When I can “sit” with someone, regardless of their situation, and love them, particularly when they know I disagree with something about their lifestyle, they are going to be far more open to hearing the truth I have to share."
- Bud Fickley,
Youth Pastor at Dutilh Church
" In order to share the Gospel in love, we must first define love. You love your child, but that does not mean that you do not correct them or even discipline if need be. Romans 12:9 says, "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." God is the good. Once you define biblical love, the next best thing is to have a relationship with someone else where you can create a dialogue about the Gospel. The best way to speak about the Gospel is through a dialogue where you are forming a relationship with the person in order to learn about where they are coming from. It is inevitable that offense will sometimes take place (even if spoken with the kindest heart) due to that we all come from different walks of life. But know that, sharing the Gospel is not an easy task, yet can be done in love by you when your heart is in tune with Christ and his Word. This may not always seem in love by others, but a reckoning will happen if the Holy Spirit opens their heart."
- Reverend Peter Puliatti,
Lead Pastor at Calvary OPC
"In order to share the Gospel of Christ in love, we must recognize that we are merely vessels that God is using to accomplish his eternal purpose. From that place of humility, we must seek to understand the underlying worldview and presuppositions of those we are evangelizing to in order that we may bring forth the Word of God with precision, as a sword thrust into the heart of man. We must first present the Law of God that they may be brought low before God, and then present the Gospel, that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is to be obeyed, and that He draws all those who will be saved through faith in Him alone. Saving faith always is accompanied by repentance, and our faith is entirely the gift of God; we contribute nothing to our salvation. We must clearly articulate not only that Jesus Christ is love, but that he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We may sow the seed, but God will bring the increase. Our desire in advancing the kingdom of God must be preeminently focused on His glory, not merely on winning souls for the sake of Christian piety."
- Jeff Stirland
"We are convinced that a beautiful Bible can lead even the darkest heart to crack it open and consider the words inside of it. We are convinced that a beautiful Bible can revive the heart of a believer gone astray by motivating them and reminding them of the truth beyond the cover. We are convinced that an active Christ follower will be drawn to the foot of the cross each morning by the scripture within their precious tool. Above all else, we are convinced that the words inside of this timeless book will revive our world."
Exciting people about scripture through beautiful tools
Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to share, and hopefully in the future I can have some additional guests on here - this was so fun and a great way to begin forming a beautiful collaborative faith effort in this difficult thing we call life.