And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Mat. 28:18-20
During a conversation with a dear brother today, I felt compelled to ask this question: What exactly would happen if the Church of Christ, the true Church that is composed of those believers who have been bought by His blood (Acts 20:28), would direct ALL of her energy, efforts, strategies, planning, resources, focus and prayers into ONLY proclaiming the gospel?
What would happen if the Church dropped every campaign, lobbying, agenda, charity work, social justice activism, political protests and humanitarian support UNLESS the DIRECT, ULTIMATE and PRIMARY purpose of those activities were to CLEARLY and EXPLICITLY share the amazing message of the Cross to all people?
How would that be a bad thing for the Church? How would that violate the Great Commission seen above? How would that result in lessening the glory of God and how would it corrupt and ultimately damage the Church?
The answer I got was, “Well, it’d be viciously attacked.” Fair enough; and when has that ever not been the case? Is the Church not attacked now? At least let it be because of the gospel, not because of ideologico-political affiliations.
Following this, here’s another question: Where does the Bible allow the Church to be hijacked in order to serve temporal agendas, even under the guise of “witness”?
We’ve grown so paranoid about not appearing as “uncaring”, that we’ve neglected to care for the greatest need any person has:
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? – Mat. 16:26
I don’t know – Fair Trade coffee maybe? Sustainably-sourced tuna? Free Tibet? No nukes?
NEVER saying that we should not care for the needs of those around us (James 2:15-17). But it’s high time we prioritised based on what the Lord of the Church actually commissioned her to do while still on earth.
Drop the placards and pick up the Bible. People are being lost while we’re trying to recycle.