I don’t care what color or creed or faith background they come from. I am seeking to share the good news of the gospel with a person made in the image of God so that they might be reconciled to their Creator; and when a person understands that, false stereotypes quickly fall by the wayside. What we need to remember is that whenever we step out to evangelize those around us, we are either planting a seed or watering a seed.
In a recent conversation with friends, I was told that there is a huge bias out there and that the average American looks at Christians as undeniably racist. And because of that bias, that prejudice and that stereotype, we can’t just go up to people and share the good news of the gospel with them, because they think we are racist and therefore won’t listen to us. What we must do first, is repair all the damage that Christendom has done over the past several decades in America so that when we open our mouth to speak, the person will listen to what we have to say.
I had to object to this falsehood, this sort of indoctrinated thinking which, I believe, is at the heart of the problem that we are facing in America today. But first, let me back up a little bit.
When we read Scripture, we read about a Jesus who is constantly engaging with people, all kinds of people, in the public square. He is constantly preaching the good news of the kingdom, sharing the gospel, and talking about sin and judgment and righteousness. And as he went, he led around his 12 disciples and showed them by example what it means to be an imitator of Christ.