In Mark 16:15 Jesus said to His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” This is what many Christians call the great commission where we are called by Jesus Himself to preach the Good News of God to ALL nations.
However, it seems that often times these words of life fall on deaf ears or eyes that fail to see. Mark 8:18 Jesus asks “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?”
Part 1. Our Own Failed Perception
The parents of one of the shooters in the Columbine high school massacre in 1999 said in their interview with the police that they had no idea about the arsenal of weapons their sons were amassing in their bedrooms – an arsenal that included knives, guns, homemade grenades, cans full of gunpowder, coils of bomb fuse, and bombs – more than 100 of them, including pipe bombs, and 35-pound propane bombs.
“We never saw violence or hatred in [our sons], we did not see any signs of depression or anything unusual until the last moments of his life when we watched helplessly with the rest of the world.”
However, according to classmates, the boys openly and loudly expressed their admiration for Adolf Hitler, satan, death, anti-Christian ideas, they were obsessed with violent video games and they had posted threatening messages all over the Internet revealing to investigators’ the horror that they had been planning the assault for years.
Q. How could their parents possibly have been so deaf? so blind as to miss so many red flags? The answer is that we are never more deafened than when we refuse to hear and we are never more blinded than when we see only what we want to see.
Part 2. Gods Message Is Spoken To Willingly Deaf Ears And Purposefully Blind Eyes
The unfortunate truth is that Gods message today is spoken to a people whose ears are willingly deaf and eyes that are purposefully blind (just like the parents of the two boys at Columbine). Preaching the Gospel today is no easy task when so many people are (by their own choice) blind and deaf to the words of God.
2 Timothy 4:3 says, ”For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
This is the new atheism, this is the new world religion, this is the new anti-Christ; just as Aleister Crowley who called himself “the Beast 666″ wrote in his satanic book of the law”Do what thou wilt will be the whole of the law.” In other words you are your own god, you make your own morality, you make your own rules – do what you want. The Bible tells us that it was the devil who first disobeyed God and today he has many followers who are growing in numbers, who intently listen to his voice and follow his satanic will.
Part 3. What To Do As A Christian?
Step 1. Don’t be surprised when you are mocked, beaten, laughed at, denied, betrayed, ignored etc…
John 15:20b-21 Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also… They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”
Step 2. Hold on to your testimony.
Revelations 2:10 says, “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
When someone asks you a question, just remember it’s not your job to convince or “convert” it’s not even your job to defend God, trust me He can defend Himself. It is however our job to give a reason for our faith.
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Also, don’t stoop to their level. In other words, never let their hatred provoke you in anger; rather always work in peace, love, gentleness, joy, faithfulness, self-control, forbearance and patience (for these are the fruits of the Spirit).
Step 3. Look ahead towards Jesus
Romans 14:11 says, It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
In the very end EVERY KNEE will bow down before Jesus and EVERY TONGUE will confess He is LORD. On that day you will see the mockers, the evildoers trembling before God and we can only pray that God who is the judge and is abundant in mercy will have mercy on those who willingly shut there ears and eyes to His Word. For the Bible says that everyone has to make a choice: life or eternal damnation. God has given us the free-will to fully love Him or to fully deny Him.
The choice is up to you – YOU CANT STAY NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN we are either for God or against Him.
Revelations 3:20 says this, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
How do you respond?