You Talk Too Much About Jesus !
I recently heard that our ministry, which includes a daily Christian radio show, talks about Jesus too much. I heard that more people would listen to what we had to say and would get saved if we backed off and weren’t so relentless with our message. My surprise was not that people thought this, but that Christians were the ones saying it.
I wondered, “Why are Christians getting offended and put off by talking about Jesus?”
I started to think, “Would talking about Jesus less get more people saved?” Since our ministry shares our messages on social media more than any other platform, I assume this is where people want us to back off so that we can have more success.
I then asked myself, “Is this same idea of sharing less to gain more, true in other areas of successful social media behavior?”
Would a Mary Kay salesperson get more clients by promoting less posts and having less makeup parties?
Would a person passionate about fitness encourage more people to work out if they posted every day or once a month?
Would we be more likely to know about and buy the new sandwich from our favorite restaurant if they didn’t sponsor an ad on our Facebook that we saw every time we opened it?
The above examples didn’t make me think less would be better. Therefore, I don’t think it’s yields a better result for ministries, sales or the sharing of any new information in general if we lessen our attempts to reach others.
If some Christians are offended by our daily gospel sharing content, why don’t they seem to get offended when others things are also shared daily.
Social media is full of people who talk about their jobs, passions or new business promotions every day. What’s the difference? Why do some Christians become so uncomfortable when others consistently talk about Jesus?
Then I realized, it’s not my consistent talk about Jesus that makes some Christians uncomfortable, it’s the name of Jesus itself.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
When people consistently talk about Jesus using the Word of God it can cut (or expose the true nature) of other people. It seems when we talk about Jesus too much, not even Christians are immune to being cut.
So, I would ask you, if you are a person offended by too much talk about Jesus, do you feel this same way about your own social media posts or the posts of others?
For instance, do you think a person who often posts pictures of what they cooked or are eating every day should stop doing that? What about people who sell or have contests to give things away? Are you offended when people highlight their exercise accomplishments routinely?
Do you stop to think those people would be more effective if they shared less or do you just scroll right by them without a second thought?
If we aren’t offended by too much talk about some things, why do Christians get so irritated when we talk too much about Jesus?
I know many unbelievers who are offended by my constant talk about Jesus, but then turn around and think it’s fine for a vegan or celebrity to talk about their lifestyle every day.
I would expect unbelievers to be offended by too much talk about Jesus, but Christians? Why is the name of Jesus just as offensive to some Christians as it is to unbelievers?
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
It seems that the name of Jesus – which is the above all names and the only name by which we can be saved is doing its job.
Our ministry won’t see more people saved if I talk about Jesus less. I won’t help more people find God’s sentence for their life if I water down my message. I know this because it’s not about me, my name or my message.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16
People talk about what is important to them. The message of Christ is meant to fill our lives, and when something fills our lives, we talk about it.
Christian Cardinals fans have no problem talking about and cheering on their team each night but are offended at talking about Jesus on days that aren’t Sunday. Christians have no problem talking about our own accomplishments and titles, but want to lessen the accomplishments of Christ in our lives. This behavior is what watered down Christianity looks like.
The enemy wants Christians to be offended by the name of Jesus, to stop others from wanting to find hope through Him. Christ said the greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and to love others as ourselves. Maybe those that are offended should examine if they are loving God in the ways Jesus asked.
If we really love something with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, can we ever talk too much about it?
If you still think so, let me ask you, “Do you think there was ever a day during the ministry of Jesus that He talked to much about God to others?”
Would you be offended by the constant posts of Jesus if He had a social media account today?
What about the apostles after they were called to share the gospel message? Did they talk about Jesus too much?
The apostle Paul wrote that we should pray without stopping, would Christians today tell Paul to relax in his gospel sharing message so that more people would get saved?
You might think, “Well Jesus & Paul lived in Bible times, so they had to talk about God and salvation through Christ with people every day so others could learn what it was.
Our world isn’t like that today, people know the message of the gospel now, we need to meet them on their terms and not turn people off by talking too much about Jesus.”
If that was true, would you have asked Billy Graham to stop having crusades that preached every night for months? Would you tell TBN to stop airing Christian shows every day? Would you tell the thousands of Christian radio stations to just talk about sports and play top 40 music? Do you think these modern-day ministries also talk about Jesus too much?
What if everyone who was called to share Jesus every day took your advice to take it easy on our approach to habitually share the gospel?
What would happen to the world if there were entire days or months where no Christians talked about Jesus because we all believed it would save more lives if we were less aggressive in our communications of the gospel to the world?
There are some Christians that think I talk about Jesus too much and feel I could do a more effective job if I wasn’t so vigilant and offensive with the daily posts and countless conversations I have about Jesus. Some of my own family is included in that group. But let’s get real. You aren’t listening to my show anyway. But again, it’s not my show that offends you.
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:26
I am not ashamed of Christ and what He has done for me in my life. I want to see your life touched by Christ in an even greater way. This is why I get on the air every night and why I will not stop talking about Jesus too much. Because it’s not about me or you.
It’s about the one who died on the cross and it’s about the person Christ is about to save, deliver from addiction or reveal his plans to them.
If Christians who talk too much about Jesus had acted like you want them to the day you heard the message that saved you, you may not have Christ or what He did for you in your life right now.
Once a Christian is saved, I think it becomes harder to remember the need they once had to hear the gospel message. I wonder if some Christians want to see others water the gospel message down and lessen our outreach for others because it convicts them of their own relationship with Christ.
Final question, do you now think it is more effective to talk too much or take the less is more approach to gospel sharing? You don’t have to answer now because your actions will answer that question when God asks you if you were ashamed of the message of Christ.
When Christ uses me or someone else like me to share the gospel every day, it is because on that day someone absolutely needs to hear it. You may think I talk about Jesus too much, but the person who is about to give their life to Christ or is discovering the important plans God has for them for the first time can’t get enough of it.
Today could be the most important day of someone’s life because of what they hear believers talking too much about. Even though you may not want to hear it, I have to remind you, it’s not about you.
But the truth is, I know you’re right, I do talk about Jesus too much, because your life was worth it then, and their life is worth it now.