“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
What do you care!?!
This cry has been heard in many houses and across many streets. It often slaps the hearer in the face and is an appeal for hearing, feeling, doing. Sometimes it is shouted in rebellion. Sometimes it oozes from a broken heart. Today, the question comes to us from the billions who wander in Christless darkness.
The famed Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, describes in a picturesque way what Christian compassion for the lost should look like. It involves pleading, begging, praying, hoping, even weeping. When we think about the darkness and lostness of the world, do we care? Do I care? Paul wrote: “the love of Christ compels us …”
Jesus, your love brought you to earth to save me. You pled, you bled, you wept, you worked … you saved me. Would you awaken the same love in my heart? Make me care about those who are lost …
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com