This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. - 1 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV
It can seem like a daunting task to reach out to people from cultures, backgrounds, experiences, or thinking different from ours. You might ask, “What can I say that will make a difference when they are so different from me?”
I struggled with this myself until I realized people are people, and they all need Jesus. Jesus talked very straightforwardly to them on the level plain of their spiritual condition before God. He did not pull any punches in relation to morality; in fact, it is where He always seemed to start.
The first thing in dealing with people is not to treat them like puppies, like victims of the world, or God’s whim, who need to be hugged and saved by us. They are trapped in the same cursed world we are. Jesus did not coddle the woman caught in adultery by the angry Pharisees, nor did he scold her. He simply identified the morally important things: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” [to the crowd]. “Who remains to accuse you?” “Go and sin no more” (John 8).
Jesus did not become outraged at the injustice, nor did He try to create counter-laws to the event. He simply placed all present in the same boat of sinfulness before a holy God. His Father and ours. This is the start of the gospel.
When we talk to anyone, we can ask, “Why do you do (or think) what you do?” Thus we will get to the core of their moral ground. No matter what their background, that element of their lives will be revealed. There is a right and wrong for everyone, even if it is by their own rules. That is when you can share about the true morality of Jesus’ love for them above every perceived human standard.
Glen Arbor Community Church
West Chicago, Illinois
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13