Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations….
The media and popular culture picture Christians as intolerant hate-mongers, especially if we insist on trying to persuade people to become Christians. We are seen as intolerant if we disagree with the lifestyles of others or try to explain why other religious ideas are false. But tolerance means, “to put up with something”. It does not mean believing that everything is of equal value or of equal truth. In the correct definition of the term, Christians are very tolerant for we are called to go and make disciples; not go and force people to believe. We should certainly support the restraint of evil but we cannot force anyone to obey God’s laws. Some religions spread their doctrine by the edge of a sword but we are called to “make” disciples, which is something you can’t do by cutting them into pieces.
It is every Christian’s responsibility to share who Jesus is and how He can transform lives. It’s interesting to point out that this command given by Jesus is so important it is repeated FIVE times in the New Testament – in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the book of Acts.
Sharing the Good News of Jesus may be seen by the world as intolerant bigotry but it is the greatest privilege in the history of creation. God has allowed you and me to spread the truth. He could have trumpeted it from the lips of angels or used spectacular miracles but He knows that miracles and angels don’t penetrate the hearts of people (just read the book of Exodus if you don’t believe me). God knows that loving others as we look after ourselves and showing the transformation of our own lives is what will overcome a hard heart. As long as there is even one person who does not follow Jesus, we need to be out there sharing.