Psalms 78: The Importance of Evangelism
Christianity is a tradition. It is not like you and I are the first Christians to ever walk this earth. We are part of a faith that has been going on for nearly 2000 years, and it has become an international family.
Psalms 78 begins by explaining how important it is for us to keep our spiritual tradition strong and vibrant.
Psa 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Psa 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
Psa 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Notice the important part of passing down the tradition. We have heard these things from our fathers, and we will not hide them from the children. In other words, the important message of Christianity is not something that ought to be taken as some type of mystery that other people might happen to stumble upon if they are lucky.
We really ought to be willing to tell people about our faith. If you aren’t very good at speaking in person, write about it like I do. If you are good at talking in person, go for it. If you do better with music, communicate through that medium. The point is that we are a community of believers who have a message.
We have a message that we believe has eternal significance, and if we truly believe that, wouldn’t we want to tell other people about it? I know that is an overused illustration, but it does kind of ring true. If someone is driving towards a cliff and doesn’t realize the car is about to plunge over the edge, you would want to tell him or her that this cliff is coming up awfully quickly. They are heading towards a bad ending.
We learn from the beginning of this Psalm that God is something that we ought to talk about. If you have a message, you aren’t supposed to keep it hidden. If it matters that much, use whatever talent you have to tell other people.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?