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I’m not ashamed of the gospel, Are you?

PASTOR ALLWIN JOHNSON

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."Romans 1:16-17.

When I was doing my undergraduate degree course, everyday I used to dine with a group of my class mates. We sit under a tree and eat together. While eating, usually some topic will pop up and everybody shares their opinions on it. Sometimes, we do a very hot debate on the issues discussed. I always play front foot on every debate, arguing stubbornly for my point of view. But one day one of my classmates, Prabhu Ram, raised a question about the statement made by our then prime minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The statement was, "Religious conversion is a national threat."On the course of discussion, my friends started talking about the ongoing religious conversion by Christianity. They started interrogating me about the Christian work of evangelism. They blamed Christians for allegedly converting Hindus into Christians. When I heard this I was scarred. I didn’t know how to answer them. I felt something strange. I can call that feeling as "shame." I became the most unrest person at that place and I couldn’t tarry there any longer. However, finally, I tried very hard to turn their attention to some other issues and succeeded. But what a pathetic situation it was, I got a very good opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, but I did not utilize it.

My dear friends, this is the situation of most of us. Some of us feel shameful to identify ourselves as the disciples of Jesus Christ. We feel shame to share the gospel. If you are in this category, this article is just for you.

Let me explain why we feel shame for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a minority majority issue. Look, you don’t feel shame to talk about gospel in the church because in church we are surrounded by Christians. At church or at our home we talk about Jesus without any hesitation because there we feel the Christian majority. But at our school, college or at our work spot no one will be Christians. All those who surround us will be nonchristians, talking all kinds of unconstructive stuffs like cricket, cinema, mockery and so on. If you also talk cinema with them, nothing differs you from them. But when it comes to the Gospel, you are a stranger to them. Everybody else is differing from you. So we feel the sense of minority. We keep all our Christian thoughts within ourselves and talk only cinema, politics and other social issues which have a common ground for all religions.

Because we feel minority, can we stop talking about Christ and go ahead with our worldly friends? No, we should not. The Bible says, "it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." It is not something to be ashamed of; it is the power of God that revealed from heaven for the salvation of those who believes in Jesus Christ. If you start talking about gospel among your friends, may be they will mock at you because the Bible says in 1Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." For them it is something foolish but for those who are being saved, it is the power of God. If ten of your friends are sitting before you, may be one or two will be in a pathetic situation and they certainly need the good news of the Kingdom. If the other eight mock, let them do so since the remaining two are benefited by your little effort to share the gospel. So you can not stop sharing the gospel. Jesus warns us saying, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).

People are happy to talk about the adulterous men and women doing in the cinemas but we are ashamed to talk about our savior, who gave his very life to save us.

Sharing of the gospel is simple. One biblical scholar enunciates is as, "one beggar telling the other beggar, where from he got alms." We were all in ruins. Like any of our worldly friends, we were in deadly sins in our past. But God graciously gave us alms (salvation) and redeemed us from the bondage. Should we not tell other beggars about the alms that we got. For instance, in my home town, when people first got Chikungunya, nobody knows what to do. The patients were suffering with severe fever and joint pains. In some families, the whole family got affected by that cruel disease and were admitted in hospitals. At that time, government imported a certain medicine from abroad and distributed to all government hospitals. Those who got treated in government hospital were cured by that miraculous medicine. Soon, the news spread across the town. Everybody has become doctors by themselves and prescribed the medicines to the other patients. And all those who consumed the medicines were got healed.

Look, those who were healed by that particular medicine, started to share about it to others. This is all sharing gospel is about. Your friend or your neighbor is sick of their sins. They are on the way to hell. They don’t know about the God who came down to save human beings from their sin, sickness and suffering. Is it not your duty to share about Jesus? If you are silent at present, then you are a cruel man and woman who enjoys at the suffering of others. Tell them that Jesus is the true living God, who came down from heaven to live and die for us.

Once you share this good news, it is foolishness for those who are perishing but it is certainly the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.

So, now I’m not ashamed of the gospel. Are you?

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