Penn is clearly struck by the courage and decency of this Christian friend. He says, "How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn't believe it and that truck was bearing down on you, there's a certain point where I'd tackle you and this is more important than that." Wow.
Questions to consider...
- Why should Christians tell people about Jesus?
- Do you know any Christians? Have they told you about Jesus? If not, why do you think they haven't? If they have, why do you think they did?
- What do you think about Christians telling you about Jesus? And if they haven't, how could you help them tell you what they believe?
- If you're a Christian, do you tell people about Jesus or keep it to yourself? Why?
- If you had the cure for cancer, would you tell anyone? Why/why not?
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10:14-15)
God, please help us to understand how important it is and how right it is that Christians try to tell people about Jesus. If we're Christians, please give us the courage to share Jesus, the wisdom to know what questions to ask and the sensitivity to know when to just listen to people. If we're not Christians, please help us to appreciate the efforts Christians make to share Jesus with us, even if they do it badly and help us to ask questions so we can know exactly what they're on about. Amen.