I Need to Be Around More Non-Christians
After placing our breakfast order, Ben and I began talking while waiting for our food. “So, tell me what is different for you now that you are living in the US,” I asked Ben.
It is a question I have asked many young people who have lived overseas as the children of missionaries and are now at a new stage of life. Back in the US, they are attending college and going on with their new phase of life. They are adjusting to a culture that they left when they were younger, or maybe even a culture that is foreign to them because they were born in another country.
I myself have been through this process because I also grew up in another country as a missionary kid.
Ben’s response was unique. “I am not around lost people enough. When I was living back home [the country where his parents serve as missionaries], I used to be around people who don’t know the Lord or the Scriptures. I attended a public school and most of the time, I was the only believer in a classroom. Here I am at a Bible College and spend the bulk of my time around other Christians. I need to be around those who don’t know Christ so I can share the gospel.”
Ben’s answer is an indication that he is not timid about being in a secular world surrounded by people who need the Lord.
His answer also revealed why some churches here in this country seldom see souls come to Christ. In an effort to separate ourselves from worldliness, some have isolated themselves from those whom we are commanded to reach with the Gospel.
The words of Jesus are compelling: “ You are the salt of the earth …… You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:13-15
It was refreshing to find a young man who is searching for opportunities to share Christ with others in his new environment. If we are to impact our world, we need to fearlessly live out our faith before others.
It is true that the world that needs Jesus can be a dark place; it is true that the believer is to “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing.” II Corinthians 6:17
At the same time, Jesus has commanded us to be salt and light. The only way we can do that is to engage the world and the sinner.
Engaging the sinner is not just for the missionary on the foreign field; it is for all of us as believers. It is for the believer and the church here in the United States. May God help us to engage with those who need Him.