Mark made a comment in my last post about his friends reactions if they discovered their name online in a list of people he said needed to be saved.
I'd been thinking about something along those same lines as well.
Lisa doesn't realize I believe she's bound for hell at the moment. And I don't think Lisa knows that I'm praying daily that she'll be saved. She doesn't know the many times I've mourned for the havoc that sin has played within her family. And she doesn't know the many times I prayed she would simply turn her burdens over to Christ for relief.
She should know those things.
Shouldn't all our unsaved friends know these things? Is there some good reason, a common sense reason that I'm just not seeing that we should keep these things a secret from them? Are we afraid to announce that we believe in heaven and hell? Are we afraid to proclaim that our Saviour, Jesus Christ, is the only way to salvation? Are we afraid we'll lose their friendship if we do any of those things? As much as you want to live in peace with everyone, is it actually best to keep the peace by hoping they'll figure out they're going to hell without Christ on their own?
Have we stopped preaching that "there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end leads to death"? Not from our pulpits, but from our homes. From our theatre seats after a movie expounds a way that seems right. From across the table in a restaurant. From across our desk.
I'm not saying we have to bash people over the head with it every time we talk to someone. But, having them be surprised to know you believe they're going to hell seems to be even worse. A poorly done over enthusiastic witness seems to be better than no witness at all. God can at least use the poorly done one. Though I don't underestimate His ability to use the silent one.
I guess the main question I have is this: If we won't tell our friends -the ones we love -, then who will we tell?