There was a time when sharing your faith with someone else was pretty easy to do. For centuries it was called “good news” and was a liberating message for millions of people. But then, most people in the culture had a similar worldview, and even if you didn’t believe in God, most people shared similar values and ideals. Even as late as the 50’s and 60’s my dad was a pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina, and people who would never darken the door of a church still respected him. But not so today.
We’ve discovered that modernism hasn’t led to secularism, it’s lead to pluralism. While mainstream media is still trying to convince us that God is dead, and the shrill voices of atheism sell lots of books, the research indicates that God is still very much alive. The problem today is, everyone has a different idea of god’s identity.
As a result, sharing the Christian faith isn’t the liberating message it once was because our worldviews have splintered into many, many pieces. Writer C.S. Lewis captured it when he said that:
“When the apostles preached, they could assume even in their Pagan hearers a real consciousness of deserving the divine anger… It was against this background that the gospel appeared as good news. It brought news of possible healing to men who knew they were mortally ill. But all this has changed. Christianity now has to preach the diagnosis – in itself very bad news – before it can win a hearing for the cure.”
That’s the dilemma. How do you share a cure with someone who insists he’s perfectly fine?