I recently read an article that cited,
“One out of five non-Christians in North America doesn’t know any Christians.”
The research was performed by Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity. The article was published by Christianity Today. Basically, 13,447,000 of the North American populations claims that they do not personally know any Christians.
In a country that claims to be a Christian nation, it’s amazing that there are people in our communities that do not know a single believer. The article states that some of it is due to immigration. A leader in the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Missions Board claims that Christians, “hide in our own evangelical ghetto, we send our kids to Christian schools, we go to churches that would only be welcoming to people that think like us.”
Whether you agree or disagree with the statistics or statements of the article from Christianity Today, the question must be asked, “Do unbelievers around you know that you’re a Christian?”
“Well, it never came up in conversation.”
“It’s really none of their business.”
“Religion is a personal matter.”
“I can’t impose my beliefs on other people.”
Some religious statistics claim that almost 80 percent of the adult population in the United States claim to be Christians. If so, we have a lot of “Undercover Christians” today!
America’s fascination with covert operations and spy games has heavily permeated the thinking of many Christians. We still live in nation where we can freely worship and freely share the Gospel. You may argue that our liberties are being taken away and you are most likely right. But that doesn’t excuse you from sharing Christ today and identifying yourself as a Christian. Instead of bellyaching about the “coming persecution,” why don’t you consistently preach the Gospel instead?
Take a quick evaluation. Do ALL your neighbors know you’re a Christian? Do ALL your co-workers know that you’re a child of God? The family who has seen you before salvation, and after accepting Christ, do they know that Jesus is your Saviour?
Think about it, if of the 13 million people who don’t know a Christian is introduced to one who genuinely lives for Christ, just a fraction gets saved… let’s say 10 percent… that’s 1.3 million Gospel presentations. And let’s just say that 10 percent of those accept Christ. That’s 130,000 names written down in glory!
So can I encourage you to take of the disguise and come out of the shadows? Jesus did say, “Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”