Hell and Tears
Iwonder how many Christians today would agree with the principle of D.L. Moody’s words, “I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.” I wonder in light of the way some Christians today treat others, especially, on social media.
Many have got the hell part down well. They are true witnesses to Jesus’ words that what comes out of the mouth defiles a person (Matt. 15:11). It is not that most of these folks do not care about others. Rather, it seems in their zeal they have forgotten to follow the Savior who sympathizes with all of our temptations (Heb. 4:15). Most care about sin and holiness – more so about the sins and holiness of others it seems.
But the more you focus on them the less you focus on my own heart. Maybe you can preach or think about hell without tears. Yet, I cannot imagine a Christian whose heart does not grow heavy when thinking about eternity in light of the depth of their own sin and their need for the Savior.
Consider your own sin and holiness first and foremost above that of others (Matt. 7:3-5). Realize the comforting words that our Saviour can sympathize with our temptations. You can (mostly) only affect how you treat others and how others see you as witnesses of Jesus. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been forgiven much. If you have been forgiven much, that should cause you to have sympathy for others in your desire for them to embrace Jesus.
Maybe you cannot preach or think about hell with tears until the forgiveness of your own sins brings tears. Oh, but to love others as Jesus loves you.
Grace and peace,
About Mark Lamprecht
Mark is a Jesus follower and a Southern Baptist minister writing, preaching, and teaching to encourage believers. He lives in Metro-Atlanta with his wife, a daughter close-by in college, and a house full of dogs. He is available for pulpit supply and is seeking a full-time ministry position. He also founded Pulpit Supply Preachers ministry. Read more...