Bible thumpers don’t win popularity contests: Those overzealous, tract-pushing, Jesus-this Jesus-that talkers, who annoy us with their constant efforts at turning every conversation into mini sermons.
As I led my family through reading Claiming Christ, we came across a set of Bible verses that raised this issue. Here, let me show you by “thumping” the following directive:
“Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.” (Heb 3:12-14)
You’ve got to be kidding! “You must warn each other every day”? But I’ve always made fun of Bible thumpers, and now I’m being told that God wants me to become one?
There has got to be an exception to this. If I go to those around me and daily start warning them of concerns about being deceived by sin or of striving to stay faithful to Christ, I’m going to be rejected and laughed at. I’m going to become one of those weirdos.
Why God? Why me?
Thump, Thump. Because to not do so is to confirm that you are not a follower of Jesus.
“Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.” (Tit 1:16)
But maybe I don’t have to be like that. I’m not good at evangelism. I’m not good at speaking. Send someone else.
While many are making excuses for why this doesn’t apply to them, for those who have shut their hole long enough to humbly listen to the voice of God:
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (Mt 10:32-33)
Some carry signs along street corners. Some hand out tracts at bus stations or shopping malls. Some confront friends whenever certain behaviors raise concerns. Some have a daily pattern of sharing the gospel, including the distasteful aspect of our sinful human tendencies. Some look for ways of bringing Jesus into conversations with anyone who will listen.
Some claim to know God…and they actually do know him, as demonstrated by the way they live.
Few do it just like others, for there is great latitude in sharing the gospel with others. The real question is not what method is best, but are you doing it?
The label may carry negative connotations to those with more in common with the Accuser-of-the-brethren, but are you proud to be a Bible thumper?