Dearest hijas and hijo,
A recent report by George Barna of ‘The Barna Group’, a market research firm specializing in studying the religious beliefs and behaviors of Americans, and the intersection of faith and culture, has found that nearly half of Millennials (47%) believe it’s wrong to share their personal beliefs with someone of a different faith for the purpose of converting them.
Nearly half of Millennials, who identify as evangelicals, believe it’s wrong to share the Gospel.
How did we get to this point, mis hijos? Is it the fault of parents who did not instill in you a love of the Truth; a love of Jesus Christ as the only mediator between God and man, in which there is salvation in no one else by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)?
Was it our lack of explaining to you from Scripture the horrifying consequences of hell, where Jesus Himself said there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt.13:41-42); that physical death in this life is not the end, and that for the lost there is a terrifying eternal death sentence awaiting them when they die?
Was it our failure to explain that it is a Christian’s duty to evangelize, yes, a command from Christ Himself to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…(Matt. 28:19-20)?
Were we remiss in showing you, from our own actions, the love for the lost that Christ Himself had; a love that does not fear in speaking boldly to anyone and everyone about spiritual and eternal things; a love that is willing to face rejection and hurt, and yes, even death, for speaking the only thing that has eternal consequences?
Oh, mis hijos, forgive me. I take the blame. My culpability in this is ever present before me.
My only consolation is that now, in the waning years of my life, you will listen to your father’s words, and in the words of the fifth commandment (Ex. 20:12), you honor me by being students of the Word; that you eat God’s Word like a honey-dipped scroll in your mouth, daily seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit, having a love for Jesus that overcomes any fears in speaking about His free offer of eternal life to others, knowing that we are not citizens of this world, but citizens of a far better world to come.
With unfailing love,
Vaya con Dios, mis hijos