6.27.2006

Count to Thirteen

"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them to another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle...."
If you are an average American reader, then it took you about twelve or thirteen seconds to read the foregoing quote from the Declaration of Independence. In that time period, twenty human beings who had never experienced the love of Christ died and went to Hell. A liberal estimate places the number of born-again Christians at somewhere around 7% of the world's population of 6 billion. One hundred and fifty thousand people will die every twenty-four hours. These statistics give rise to a few statistics that are even more interesting - and sobering:
  • In the time it takes you to change the dial on your car radio, 3 unsaved people die.
  • During an average TV commercial "hook", 22 unsaved humans meet their Maker.
  • While you take a shower (assuming that to take ten minutes), almost a thousand non-Christians die.
  • The average church service: 5,800 people go to Hell.
  • A youth group meeting in an average American church: over ten thousand people go to Hell.
  • During a Christian rock concert: a group of people equivalent to more than a thirtieth of the population of Washington, DC perish forever.
Do those statistics surprise you? They should at least make you think. Recently, an "evangelical" leader was quoted as saying, "When you are on an airplane, you should never witness to the person you are sitting next to." Ostenibly because they might feel "trapped". Fine. What are you going to tell God when He asks you, "I gave you two hours next to a person who desperately needed to hear My Gospel. As he left the airport, he was hit by a bus and slipped into a coma. He died a week later, never once coming out of the coma. Why didn't you witness to him?" It is said that only two things last forever: the Word of God and the souls of men. Every human being on this planet will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell. If you are a Christian, it is your duty to share the Gospel with every single person you possibly can. Do not wait for God to tell you to witness; He already has. Remember that even though we are not judged by our works as Christians, we will still be required to give an account of every word, thought, and deed. Only what is done for Christ will last. Keep going until the net is full! In Him, David S. MacMillan III P.S. While you read this article, one hundred and ninety-six unsaved people died. From here on out, it's up to you.

5 comments:

AgainstTheFlow said...

Praise the Lord! I can't tell you how encouraged I am to see someone who has caught the vision of looking at things with an eternal perspective! Bravo!

the traveler said...

While I agree that Christians are called to share the gospel, it is NOT up to us. If it were up to us, then we could save ourselves. Even though Christians have a responsiblity to share their faith, God will not leave a single one of His sheep at the mercy of depraved human nature.

John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you."

Orange_Cross said...

Are you being honest in your accounts of the numbers of people who are damned? Or is it a little white blasphemy of your zeal to frighten others into prosletyzing?

So you don't subscribe to a camp that requires works to guarantee salvation, aye? If that's true, then I guess that it might not press so much on your conscience to be so glib and flip about your statistics of the damned. At the same time there probably is some compassion within you for those slipping into
"hell", but I may be wrong. I'm probably way off, when you talk about works being unnecessary for salvation you must mean that you are too much the sinner to emulate Christ such that you would be saved for that reason. Do you ever think about being saved on earth? Do you ever think about Christ's message from a secular perspective? When I read of Christ, the message that stands out for me is to Love. I think its a greater mystery from a secular perspective, things like "Love your enemy" and "turn the other cheek" and he turned the other cheek and loved his enemy and suffered unto mortal death rather than do harm. The greater mystery, from the secular perspective, is that there would be no personal reward for Christ after death, that one could find solace in such bold pacifism and not even deride his assailants/torturers buy say, "they know not what they do." He wanted them to wake up.

I hope it is not fear that inspired you to be Christian, for why bow to a tyrant or cower from the fear mongering aspect of a deity, when it is compassion and love that were Christ's triumphs over all.

Bill said...

Can I copy this to my blog?

Christine said...

I enjoyed your post very much. It was a good reminder, as well as an encouragement. Thank you.