Get Out of Your Holy Huddle

 

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“I am witch.  I have studied many Celtic gods and goddesses, and in a dream one of the goddesses spoke to me.  I have been following her ever since.  I also believe in reincarnation.”

“So, since you believe in reincarnation, what were you before?”

“I don’t know.”

“So, what will you be after what you are now?”

“I don’t know.”

Another conversation went like this:

“So, who is Jesus to you?”

“Oh, I don’t believe in Jesus.  I’m an atheist.  I used to be a Southern Baptist, but after hearing all the different teachings about God, I figured what I had been taught was false.”

These are two portions of conversations with a girl and a guy at a local college campus as many of us from our church engaged the students in gospel conversations while a visiting evangelistic team played their instruments and sang.  The music caused some to stop and that enabled us to speak with them, and for some, God gave us the opportunity to share Christ with them. Others were not interested in any way, some even showing disgust or mocking us in some fashion.  Truth is, we do not deserve any respect from anyone.

We are living in a pagan, post-modern world.  These souls do not need us shouting at them, calling them names, shaking our heads at them and being angry.  They need genuine followers of Christ who are willing to get out of their comfortable holy huddles and intentionally seek to build relationships with them.  They need someone to genuinely care for them, to listen to them, and then to share the gospel like Jesus did (John 4).  One student said to us, “Thank you for speaking in respecful tones.  Most religious people come on campus and shout at us.  We do not listen to them.  Sometimes we just shout back.  You know, you can draw more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

In route to meet everyone for our campus outreach, I heard the song, “People Need the Lord.”  As I listened, the words resonated in my heart knowing what the day held for us.  Indeed, people need the Lord, and they need us to tell them about our eternal, living Savior.

Everyday they pass me by,

I can see it in their eyes.

Empty people filled with care,

Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,

Living fear to fear.

Laughter hides their silent cries,

Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

When will we realize people need the Lord?

So, are you engaging the culture, the community, the campus for Christ or are you staying comfortable in your holy huddle?

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:39-42)

 

3 thoughts on “Get Out of Your Holy Huddle

  1. Bethany God March 29, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Important reminder. Thank you!

  2. JonandHannah Speights March 29, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Amen. I especially appreciate that song. When I was 5 years old, we attended a church that had a song request time every week. I always raised my hand and requested “People Need the Lord”, and they always sang it. My parents never said a word to me about it. I think it played a part in me doing what I do now.

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