2 Corinthians 4:5-7
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Christ’s sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
We’ve been talking about our role as ambassadors or agents for the kingdom of God. Paul says in our text: “we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.” We are walking advertisements for Jesus Christ. We have a message to bring from God to the people whose lives we touch. We are missionaries. Just because we don’t go to far-off countries doesn’t mean we don’t have a part to play in building God’s kingdom.
If God’s kingdom is going to include people from every nation, and all tribes and peoples and tongues — do you think that just maybe that might include some folks in your people group … not just remote tribes on the shores of the Amazon who don’t have a written language?
Blog writer Fred Peatross likes to ask the difficult questions. He likes to rock the boat a little bit in the church, and he tells this story …
From 1993 through 1999 I traveled to the former Soviet Union twelve times to nurture a church we planted in Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine. During my time there I wrestled with the language, learned social customs, political climate, dress code, and diet. I immersed myself in Ukrainian culture, discovered points where the gospel connected and made faith tangible and relatable to the people. Who in their right mind would leap off the plane in Kiev, Ukraine and announce, "Your music stinks, you dress funny, and your language is gibberish. And by the way, Jesus loves you!"
But think about it … isn’t that the way many Christians approach American culture in the 21st century? Is it any wonder so many unbelievers tune us out? I’m not saying we should change or water down the gospel message, but what can we do?