Thoughts and Conditions and the Gospel.
I’ve had some things on my mind…more specifically, weighing heavily on my heart. I’ve been mulling them over for weeks but hadn’t found the words until now. So before I start my weekend Netflix binge (because hey I’m only human), I’m going to make some statements. May they challenge you, encourage you, compel you in some way or another. (This is opinion, and this is from my heart. I understand that not everyone will agree nor would I expect you to. But I hope you consider.)
If you love people with conditions attached, that is not the Gospel.
If you give generously to others on the condition that they let you share the Gospel with them, that is not the Gospel.
If you only give so you can get something in return, be it praise or power or something different, that is not the Gospel.
If you treat those in need as less-than, or inferior to you, that is not the Gospel.
If your Gospel causes you to be kind to some people but less kind to others, that is not the Gospel.
If you say that the Gospel can only be preached or shared in one way and not in another, that is not the Gospel.
If you expect someone who doesn’t believe in God to simply adhere to your worldview as if they do believe in God, that isn’t the Gospel.
If you sugar-coat conversations and embellish testimonies, that is not the Gospel.
If you’re okay putting someone else down in order to make your message sound better, that is not the Gospel.
If you treat anyone as if they are not welcome in God’s family, whether explicitly or implicitly, that is not the Gospel.
If a healing is more important to you than a person’s name, that is not the Gospel.
If you feel accomplished only after you’ve taken a photo or a video of your outreach moment, that is not the Gospel.
If you’re operating off of a formula, assuming that every person will respond the same way every time, that is not the Gospel.
To possibly be continued…