Is Not Sharing an Expression of Hate?
September 20, 2012
There was a video shared on Facebook that showed up in my news feed a few days ago. The video is apparently a few years old but it was brand new to me. It’s 5 minutes long but it really got me thinking. You can view the video by clicking here.
This video shows Penn Jillette talking about an encounter he had recently had. It was right after one of his shows. There was a man standing off who approached Mr. Jillette and began to talk with him. After just a little bit the man handed him a Bible and shared his faith a little. Now Penn Jillette is an atheist and this man knew.
What I found so amazing was Jillette’s admiration of the Christian. Throughout the video he says the man was respectable, looked him in the eye, and was a really nice guy. At the end of the video he says he still knows there is no God but this guy had really left an impact.
But the line that really stuck out to me happened at about the 3:30 mark. Jillette asks, “how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” He’s asking, if you know there is a hell and people are bound for it, and you do not tell them, what kind of pure hatred is that?
How many people have I shown this hate? I sit comfortably by and watch as they live their lives, unaware of the future that awaits them. They are living apart from God but I don’t want to say anything for fear of hurting their feelings, or making the situation awkward between us.
How much do I hate them?
Or how great is my own self-love that I would put it above the souls of others. Getting off the couch and telling others would be so inconvenient. What if they have questions? What if they are smarter than I am? What if they don’t like me? What if things are never the same between us? Now think about how they feel at the end of their life when they realize you knew where they were heading and you never loved them enough to warn them.
We share Jesus, not because we think we are better, but because we love. I think that is what Penn Jillette was getting at. This guy seemed genuinely nice and cared enough about him to tell him about Jesus. It’s that genuine love that attracts people. They may not always agree with us, but we can still share in a loving way.
I’m glad Jesus wasn’t worried about how we would react to His message. He just came and told it anyway. It was life changing. Sometimes it was hard to hear, but He still told it because of His great love for us.
That’s what should prompt us to tell others. Because just sitting around and refusing to share, may be the greatest expression of hate we can give.