I finally made it to the Grand Canyon last week. It was something to check off my bucket list. The views were incredible and sights were awe inspiring. However, I did not enjoy my time there. Not because of the Grand Canyon, but because of the people. Don't get me wrong, I love people, but what they did made me very uncomfortable. There aren't many guard rails at the Grand Canyon and many people stand right next to the edge of the cliff. I didn't like that. I wanted to tell them to step back. It is not because I have a fear of heights but I have a fear of falling, not only for myself, but for others as well. It is not my place to tell these folks to move away from the cliff. I tried to find a place where there weren't many people, but I couldn't. Everywhere I went people came walking too close to edge of the cliff.
As I have reflected on my experience at the Grand Canyon, my mind shifted to spiritual matters. I am concerned for those who have never made a decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. These folks dance on the edge of this spiritual cliff which causes me great concern. Unlike my Grand Canyon experience, I do have a right and responsibility to share the danger with those without Christ of not only missing out on heaven, but going through life without Jesus by their side. I am burdened and compelled to at least have them understand the gospel and what it means for their lives. As I have talked with unsaved folks around the country I am amazed how most of them don't understand the gospel or have a wrong view of the gospel.
Even though we live in the south and are blessed to have tons of churches in our area. May we never assume that the unchurched know the gospel. Many don't. In love, we need to share with them the truth so that they are least aware of the edge of the cliff that they live on.