What Kind of Person Would I Be?

by Kimberly B. Southall

Some people wonder why Christians who share their faith with others try to condemn their religious beliefs and/or try to push Christianity upon them. While someone who feels defensive about their faith might see it that way, these folks have completely misunderstood the intent of Christians. I, for one, do not share my faith in order to condemn the faith of others, and I don't try to "push" Jesus Christ upon anyone unwilling to receive Him. Rather, I believe God's Word is the truth, and it is my obligation to share my faith with others–not for my benefit but for theirs. I invite them–and you, if you have wondered something similar about Christians sharing their faith–to look at this issue from another perspective:

To You Who Belong To Another Religion or To No Religion At All:

What kind of person would I be if I believed–and I do–that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and is the only way to receive salvation and to avoid eternity in the fires of hell and didn't bother to tell you?

Well, that might depend upon my reason for not telling you. If I didn't tell you because I was too embarrassed or afraid that you might think I was a crazy Christian, that you would think I were intolerant of your religious rights, that it might somehow damage my reputation with you, or that it might offend you, then that would make me a cowardly person who is ashamed of Christ. If I didn't tell you because I thought your religion and way to salvation were just as equal and valid as mine or "close enough" because of your good intentions, then that would make me not a true believer in Jesus Christ at all. If I didn't tell you because I didn't know the Bible well enough even though I've had plenty of opportunities to read and study the Bible, then that would make me a lazy, apathetic person who's lost her first love. If I didn't tell you because I thought someone else should, because I don't know you, because you're different from me, or because I really don't see any reason why I should, then that would make me a person who really doesn't love Jesus, because I don't love others. If I truly believed you were in jeopardy of spending eternity in hell, and I found any reason not to warn you, what kind of person would I be?

The truth is there is absolutely no reason for you to spend all of eternity away from God in hell, a place of everlasting punishment. No reason at all–unless that's what you choose. God loves us all the same, and He gives us all the same choice–to believe, love, and obey Him–or not. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth in the form of a man because none of us are good enough to atone (make up) for our own sins. Only Jesus could do that, and He died a cruel death for our sins. He arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and someday He is coming back for His followers. And when He does, if you are not one of His, then it will be too late to do anything about it.

If you would like to become a follower of Jesus Christ and receive salvation, the Bible tells how. You must believe that Jesus is the Savior, the Son of the living God, repent of your sins, confess that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, be baptized (fully immersed in water) for the forgiveness of your sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and live an obedient and faithful Christian life.  (Click here to read the plan of Salvation, complete with scripture references.)

I'm telling you this not because I think I'm better than you, but because I know that you are just as important to God as I am and you deserve the chance to know the truth and follow God just as much as I do. I am the kind of person who someday wants to meet you in the presence of God and, in the course of our conversation, hear that something I said to you about Jesus made the difference for you so that you chose eternal life rather than eternal punishment. Not because I want credit for it, but because I really don't want you to miss the opportunity to rejoice with me in the presence of God, and I really don't want you to suffer unending pain and anguish for all of eternity wishing that someone–anyone–had bothered to take the time to tell you the truth. If I didn't tell you, what kind of person would I be?

Copyright © 2001 Kimberly B. Southall. All rights reserved.