CS Lewis said, “Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”
And I wonder, what if the friends around the fire are not all Christians? What if some of them are actually adamantly against the idea of Christ?
How do we, as Christian men, show our love for Christ, live as Christ lived and proclaim our Christianity, but allow our friends to possibly miss out on enjoying a relationship with Christ like we have? Is it not our job to sing the praises of Christ's love to all we come in contact with?
Proverbs 11:14 says: Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
As a Christian man, I believe that my non-believing friends are living life without guidance - and I've failed time and time again to properly share Christ's love with them. I often use the excuse that the time isn't right to bring the topic up. After my conversation last night, I think it's a poor excuse - what is a "bad" time to talk about Christ?
I don't know the answer to the questions above, but I do feel a sense of duty and obligation to show all of my friends Christ's love so they can be saved and they can enjoy the freedom, love, care and compassion of Christ. I want to walk into Heaven knowing that all of my friends will be by my side when I get there.
My good friend said that it's really a tough concept to grasp that the life we live on earth is so short in comparison to eternity. As much as I enjoy being with my friends on earth, I'm confident that I'd trade it all to enjoy eternity with them next to Christ in Heaven.
I don't know what my plan is to address to on-going debate in my heart as to when it is "appropriate" to talk about Christ. There are many times that I'm in a great position of influence and I hope that I'm using it further Christ's mission. The reality is, if I truly care about my friends, I'll make sure I do everything I can to share Christ's love. Otherwise, I'm not really a friend.