This blog post was birthed from a conversation that I had with Kevin Ortiz recently. His passion made me want to articulate a thought that is becoming a blog post.
John 13:35 says this “By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” Jesus is talking about the disciples loving each other as he has loved Him,”
Luke 4:18-19 says this as Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
In the second passage, Jesus proclaims both his action to proclaim and his action to demonstrate.
In outreach today we have a tension. The tension is that we don’t want to be like the finger-wagging, condemning street evangelists of past decades, but in my opinion, we shouldn’t want to be people who hand stuff out on campuses, have people over for dinner in the name of love, and never vocalize the gospel. I sense that in our disgust for the past nature of evangelism modeled by the condemning vocalizer, that we have become the good deeds people and have an okay time passing up proclaiming Jesus and communicating gospel truth.
Here’s the thing, they’ll know that we are christian’s by our love, but they’ll know that He is Jesus by our proclamation and by faith. Our love for one another gives credence to our words.
If I were to walk on a high school campus and half an hour later a bomb were to blow up the school, what would I want them to leave earth with: A snickers bar or an understanding of Jesus and salvific-faith in Jesus? How about both? Demonstrating the love of Christ opens the door for the truth of Christ, and combined gives an opportunity for salvation.
We know that this generation doesn’t want anybody else’s beliefs pushed on them, but by not giving them Jesus both by demonstration and proclamation, you are allowing them to force hell on themselves.
Here’s what Kevin Ortiz does: Kevin brings little caesars pizza to his club on campus. He tells everyone to invite people in for free pizza. Sounds like a parable I’ve heard before… anyways. Then, when there’s about 40 students drooling around some pizza, he says, “If you shut up and listen to me for 15 minutes, then I will give you some pizza.” What happens? Food draws them in, but for a purpose – that they might hear the proclamation of Jesus. Kevin demonstrates to proclaim.
If you proclaim and don’t demonstrate then people will disregard you, but if you demonstrate and don’t proclaim then you run the risk of people going to hell with a snickers bar.
Don’t let them go to hell with a snickers bar.
for the joysetbeforeme,