AN OBLIGATION TO WITNESS
It costs me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
– – – Thomas Jefferson
By JIM McDONALD
I essentially agree with Thomas Jefferson. However, if we know God, that is, having been saved by Jesus’ sacrifice and have a relationship with Him, then we have an obligation to share the salvation information with our fellow inhabitants of the world.
If we do not do this, I think we may regret it by witnessing their demise at God’s judgment. This thought may seem somewhat speculative but the great commission is clear in Matthew 28. This mandate is concise. Further, as I proclaim that I am ready for the end, that is, my death or the rapture (the second coming of Christ) I have reservations about the latter because of those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
God is patient and everything occurs with His timing, so I must also wait and persevere in my journey in His will for me. That includes the command to present my witness. I want to do my part, so although I suffer no injury by other’s response to God, I must interfere with their belief system to some extent. I do not intend to offend anyone nor trample on their choices in life. I need only to expose what I know.
Jim McDonald is a member of Wylie United Methodist Church and former president of the Abilene Association of Congregations