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Sharing Your Faith with Friends of Other Religions
The message of the Scriptures is that believers in Christ are different than the world around them. Believers are completely different than those who do not know Christ. This is explained in the New Testament by contrasting phrases of light and darkness and life and death. Knowing this, how can believers have relationships with unbelievers, both those who profess no faith and those of other religious beliefs? How can we nurture relationships with these people, seeking to establish friendships and evangelize them while maintaining our own beliefs? This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Josh Philpot and Dr. Richard Caldwell discuss how believers can develop relationships with those outside of Christ and what we must always remember as we enter into friendships of this kind. Join us to hear the answers to these questions and more as they seek to guide and encourage us to think and act on the truth of God’s Word.
Dr. Caldwell shares that he has had a few relationships like this over the years. He points out there is nothing in our lives that isn’t dedicated to Christ, including our friendships and relationships, Christian or not. So we must never lose sight that Christ must be preeminent even in our relationships, even when it might be with someone of another belief system, such as Mormonism or Islam. Often, when we form these friendships with unbelievers, it’s usually around some common ground, common likes, etc. It’s easy to find ourselves desiring to spend time around each other because of these things. We become friends through that connection and grow to like and care about each other. But we must never forget that that person is lost, and we must make that a priority in our own hearts. But not in a way where we’re constantly angling to share the Gospel. Instead, we want to pray for them and be alert and ready for opportunities the Lord might provide for us to witness to them. We can look for ways to demonstrate God’s kindness and truth that aren’t artificial or awkward. We want to show them genuine love.
Dr. Caldwell believes one of the most surprising things to people who don’t know Christ is the love they meet with in Christian people. He believes Christian love tears down defenses in ways that intellectual jousting will never do. He further shares that Christlikeness is probably the most powerful influence we have. This is not to say that we can actually witness without words because, ultimately, there is no witness without words. However, displaying Christ in our actions, behaviors, and attitudes may often be the very thing that opens the door for us to share those words of truth about the Gospel. So we need to pray for our unbelieving friends, show them Christ in how we live, do good to them as we see opportunities, be faithful to speak the truth in love with them, and be patient. We never know when the Lord will provide an open door for us to have those deeper conversations.
So then, as we build friendships with unbelievers, no matter what the source of the bond it centers around is, we don’t want to lose sight that Christ must be preeminent. The primary focus of such relationships should be to win them to Christ, but not by always looking for ways to sort of swoop in and dispense the Gospel on them. We want to demonstrate God’s saving power in our own lives as we spend time with them. We want to pray for them and be patient as we trust God as He works through His providence for us to witness and share the Gospel with them.
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The Straight Truth Podcast is a weekly opinion show hosted by Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot. Straight Truth is available as an audio podcast on iTunes or as a video podcast through YouTube or Vimeo. The duration of the podcast is approximately 10 minutes. We release new episodes every Thursday.
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