Breaking Down Barriers
So many nationalities, so many cultures, so many languages… It makes for a very interesting and rich community. All of them, however, have something in common: a desperate need of a Savior. Their great diversity makes for a great barrier for the gospel. Then how do you reach such a great variety of peoples across language and cultural barriers?
Before you go around hitting everyone over the head with a Bible, you need to remember that no one cares about what you have to say until they know you care. You need to find ways to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways that let the people know that you care for their wellbeing.
Even in the Old Testament God himself spoke to His people regarding the care of the foreigners in their midst: “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
The Lord speaks of loving the foreigners and giving them food and clothing. Jesus himself addressed people’s physical needs as he went around preaching the good news. And that’s the reason we emphasize outreach through service. See, when you take the time to help a person or family by satisfying a physical or emotional need, you demonstrate God’s love and you earn their friendship, and the right to speak to their spiritual need and be heard.