A Message From Pastor Brad

The best thing we can do for someone else is to show them kindness. Sometimes, I think, we get it in our minds that what the people around us need most is Christ, or perhaps grace, or salvation. But, to those who frame things this way, I would ask: how do you share Christ with someone in a way that they can hear? 

I remember being told while I was growing up that I should “develop my witness” by approaching random people and talking to them about Jesus. This was supposed to be the way to lead them to Christ. I did it a few times; as you can guess, it didn’t go well. Imagine a 13-year-old boy approaching an elderly woman, trying to strike up a conversation, and shoehorning Jesus into it. One time, though, I did get the conversation I wanted. I talked with a middle-aged man and ended up speculating about why there is so much suffering in the world. Needless to say, he was not converted.

Since then, I’ve learned that Christ is not communicated with empty platitudes, theological discussions, or philosophical proofs. Rather, Christ is demonstrated to be alive in us by the love we show. “They shall know us by our love,” the gospel says, and it is right. Love expressed person to person looks like patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control being offered to them despite what they say and do, even if they don’t deserve it. Love expressed in the public sphere looks like justice for the oppressed. If we truly want to share Christ with others, that is how we do it.