Evangelism 101: Always Uncomfortable

Christian, you need to hear this. Evangelism guarantees the discomfort of the unbeliever with whom you’re speaking. There is absolutely no way around it. Why?

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Because fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Because that unbeliever knows God is God, that He made him to love Him, serve Him, honor Him, worship Him, and give Him thanks, that he has not done that at all, and that therefore he deserves to die and face the torments of hell forever (Romans 1:18-3:20). He knows all this, but chooses to suppress the truth in unrighteousness and ungodliness.

Because he is walking according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, Satan, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. He is living according to the lusts of his flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and is by nature a child of wrath.

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I could go on.

Christian, if you are speaking with an unbeliever, all the above and more is true of him. He hates God. He is opposed to God. And you’re job is to tell him this, and call him to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and so be saved. There is no other way for him to be saved.

Yes, all God’s elect will be saved. But they will only be saved through the proclamation of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. So argues Paul in Romans 10:13-17.

If you are intent on not making someone uncomfortable, you need to just stop lying to yourself that you will ever evangelize, kick off your shoes, kick back in the Lazy Boy, and watch the NFL until the Redskins win another Super Bowl or Jesus comes back. “Sinners be damned! The declaration of the glories of God in Christ be mute and unheard! I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings!”

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And you know what, you and God both know that it really isn’t even about that other person’s feelings. It’s just about you and your feelings. If it was about their feelings you would tell them the gospel and plead with them to call upon Christ to be saved, BECAUSE HELL FEELS REALLY BAD! But no, it’s actually about you, though you may cite their feelings. To make a God-hater uncomfortable is to invite their scorn and reproach, and this is actually, really uncomfortable for the Christian. It is not fun to be the recipient of the ire of the world. It is not fun to be rejected and become the focus of derision. I get that. You aren’t weird in feeling that way.

But Christian, you’re not left with that. Though you will get the scorn of the sinful world, you have the crown of life with Christ, the blessing of sharing in his sufferings, the honor of being counted worthy to be mocked, misunderstood, and persecuted for the sake of the name. You are a son, a co-heir with Christ, one who has glory surely in his future, Christ’s intercession without ceasing in his present. It is your delight to know that in evangelism your King is celebrated, and is happy.

So, Christian, evangelize. Open your mouth and tell unbelievers the gospel. Know that they will definitely be uncomfortable. Embrace it. Relish the opportunity to be mocked as your King was mocked. Rejoice in the celebration of the name of your King. And ask God that many would be converted through your humble efforts.

He is returning soon, Christian. Labor well while there is still time.

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