How do we spread the word of Christ without sounding “preachy?”
I know many non-believers who seem to shut down when the topic of God or religion come up. They seem to think, whether it be from past experiences or just their interpretation of Christianity, that “we” are going to condemn them and scare them straight, which is not at all the case.
We live in a world where political correctness runs everything and expressing your beliefs can get you in huge trouble, but the Bible clearly teaches against certain behaviors and lifestyles. Does that mean I cannot hang out with those people? NO.
Does that mean I cannot platonically love that person? NO.
It just means I do not agree with their lifestyle, but I continue to respect them as a person.
Jesus hung out with people who were “unworthy.” He fraternized with sinners; even prostitutes (John 4 & Luke 7:36-50). God is an indiscriminate God. He loves us even if we do not return love to Him. He pursues everyone; even if they run from him.
At the risk of hitting the controversial button for a minute,
Does Christianity teach that Homosexuality is wrong? YES.
“That evening the two angels came to the entrance of the city of Sodom. Lot was sitting there, and when he saw them, he stood upp to meet them. Then he welcomed them and bowed with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “come to my home to wash your feet, and be my guests for the night. You may then get up early in the morning and be on your way again.” “Oh no,” they replied. “We’ll just spend the night out here in the city square.” But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. Lot prepared a feast for them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast, and they ate. But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!”
So Lot stepped outside to talk to them, shutting the door behind him. “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish. But please, leave these men alone, for they are my guests and are under my protection.”
“Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door. But the two angels reached out, pulled Lot into the house, and bolted the door. Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house, so they gave up trying to get inside.” (NLT)
“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.” (NLT)
“That evening an old man came home from his work in the fields. He was from the hill country of Ephraim, but he was living in Gibeah, where the people were from the tribe of Benjamin. When he saw the travelers sitting in the town square, he asked them where they were from and where they were going.
We have been in Bethlehem in Judah,” the man replied. “We are on our way to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim, which is my home. I traveled to Bethlehem, and now I’m returning home. But no one has taken us in for the night, even though we have everything we need. We have straw and feed for our donkeys and plenty of bread and wine for ourselves.
You are welcome to stay with me,” the old man said. “I will give you anything you might need. But whatever you do, don’t spend the night in the square.” So he took them home with him and fed the donkeys. After they washed their feet, they ate and drank together. While they were enjoying themselves, a crowd of troublemakers from the town surrounded the house. They began beating at the door and shouting to the old man, “Bring out the man who is staying with you so we can have sex with him.” The old man stepped outside to talk to them. “No, my brothers, don’t do such an evil thing. For this man is a guest in my house, and such a thing would be shameful. Here, take my virgin daughter and this man’s concubine. I will bring them out to you, and you can abuse them and do whatever you like. But don’t do such a shameful thing to this man.” (NLT)
1 Kings 14:24
“And there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations that the LORD drove out before the people of Israel.”
Does Christianity teach that using curse words is wrong? YES.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
The Bible teaches against a lot of things that have become commonplace in our society today. But how can we bring light to the world when we steer clear of the people who need His word the most?
We need to live by example and show Christ through our actions and not necessarily our words. As Christians, God’s light is in us and if we let it, it can shine. But doesn’t light shine brightest in darkness? Remember that next time you see a woman who is wearing revealing clothing, or a man who is covered in tattoos, or people who are doing things you disagree with in your own life. It may not be the right choice, but it is their choice to make and all we can do is show Christ by our actions. In Matthew 22:39, God calls us to “love your neighbor.” He does not say love you Christian neighbor, or love your neighbor who is free of sin. He says love your neighbor. Show God’s love to those around you today!