It is pretty clear from what I’ve posted so far that this ministry is geared toward folks who are Christian, and I wanted to explain a couple of things about that. Christian life has two elements when it comes to teaching and preaching. There is evangelizing and there is pastoral, for lack of a better word, preaching and teaching. All of us are called to do a little of each, but I have noticed that those who are actually Gifted in speaking to folks for God tend to be better at one or the other. My last pastor was very much an evangelist, his overwhelming desire and calling was to reach those who had not grown a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that was evident in his preaching style and the messages he preached. It was a little harder for him to focus on growing Christians once they had come to know Christ. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still growing himself, and he was a terrific pastor, there was just a definite tilt in his Gifts toward evangelism.
As I have explored my call, and God has helped me narrow my focus, it has become pretty evident that I am not Gifted strongly toward evangelism. The focus of my insights, understanding, and the things I feel called to speak out about are specific to those who have already accepted Christ but haven’t quite figured out what to do with that relationship, or who are struggling with something in their walk. The majority of people God puts in my path are Christians who are seeking a way to live out their faith. As a result, that’s where this ministry is focused.
However, I do actually have friends who are not Christian, as I am sure many of you do. And while this ministry may seem exclusionary, it really isn’t. I may not be specifically called to evangelism, but I am none the less good at it when God places the opportunity in my path. He has given me an ability to communicate the value of Christian ideas and principles to those who do not accept the Bible as truth in ways that will typically bring a better understanding to all involved in the conversation.
One of the most common things I see when Christians talk to folks outside the faith, especially in areas of politics, is an inability to get past the defensiveness on both sides. This very common human failing leads to a lot of misunderstanding, hurt feelings and divisions, and in the end damages our ability to carry God’s message into the world. It is my hope as this ministry grows that it will equip my fellow Christians to have those conversations with confidence and grace. It is also my hope that those who currently do not believe may be able to gain some insight into what Christians believe regarding the various issues of the day, why we believe it, and where there is common ground.
I know that Christ is the way, the truth and the life. I know that decisions both personal and public are best when based on biblical principle. But, I also know that only Christ can save souls, that’s not my job. The Bible tells me my job is to be the best advocate for Christ and for the Bible that I am capable of being, and to leave the rest in His very capable hands. If you have friends that are outside the faith, if there is friction there on matters of politics or religion, please feel free to invite them to check out the blog and join the conversation on the Facebook page. Communication is key to living in peace with everyone as much as it depends on us.