BY: DANIEL YOO
In the current culture of live and let live, discussion of personal convictions as right or wrong has been discouraged for being politically incorrect, perhaps even offensive. However, the idea that the Son of God came to Earth incarnate, died bearing our sins, and rose again, defeating death cannot be at the same time true and untrue to even the staunchest relativist. As whether or not this is true has dire consequences to many lives, the most loving act a Christian can do is to convince his non-Christian friend of his need for Christ, and the most loving act a non-Christian friend can do is to convince his Christian friend to drop his untrue faith.
If Christianity is true, then sin is real, and the whole world is guilty. It would mean that the only way to be made innocent would be by putting faith and hope in Christ. It would also mean that those who have not been saved will receive their due justice. Considering that of the world’s population, 33.39%1 are considered Christian, the 66.61% remaining will miss out on a freely available salvation to gift them eternal life.
Alternatively, if Christianity was false, over one third of the entire world is devoted to a lie, pouring out their lives for a nonexistent god. The time spent in worship and praise, the time spent on praying and interceding for others, and especially time spent on evangelism would all be rendered absolutely meaningless. In 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, Apostle Paul states that if the resurrection of Christ is not real, “our preaching is useless, and so is your faith,” and that Christians “are to be pitied more than all men.”2
In light of these dire consequences, let us discuss its implications in our relationships with those we cherish. First is to establish a definition of love. In this piece, I will define love as wanting the best for someone else. Hopefully this can serve as a satisfying definition to both Christians and non-Christians.
Now given this definition, it should be reasonable to assume that for a Christian to love a non-Christian, he would do his utmost to bring that person to Christ. As stated before, if Christianity is true, then a life in Christ provides not only eternal life, but also a life on earth in communion with an almighty God. To be in a relationship with the creator of the universe is the best thing man can ever have, and for Christians to not share this gift because they are scared of committing some social faux pas would be absolutely unloving of them.
Similarly, should Christianity be false, the most loving thing a non-Christian friend can do for a Christian friend is to try and talk him out of wasting his life on a non-existent god. If even Apostle Paul states that the members of this church are to be pitied more than all men should this faith be false, then the consequences of making this mistake must be serious. The best thing for a man in false faith is to be taken out of it. This means that for non-Christians, the most loving service they can render to Christians is to convince them to leave their worthless time sink of a faith. To not do so would be also absolutely unloving of them.
Of course, much dialogue done between the two sides are not done out of love. This current trend of no one being confrontational may have come from a history of damaged friendships and bruised egos. However, this should not stop us from trying to show love to each other the best way we know how. Go on. Tell your friend he’s wrong. If he accepts this, he’ll thank you for it.
1Numbers taken from CIA’s World Factbook last updated 2/20/2013. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html, accessed 3/10/2013
21 Corinthians 15:14-19 (NIV84)