If It Saves One Person, Is It *REALLY* Worth It?

Ladies and Gentlemen, your newest addition to the FRUSTRATING CHRISTIAN CLICHE family.

You hear it in churches and religious programs all the time. You can defend ANYTHING with the following statement.

“Well, if it saves one person, it’s worth it.”

If I see it one more time, I’m going to scream. No… wait. Here it comes…AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

All right, so, where to begin.

Saying something like this represents a fundamental misunderstanding about how God’s salvation and our command to witness works. I’m going to give my point first, and then explain it.

People don’t save people. God saves people.

That would be like me going to college, finding an atheist, witnessing to him, and saying “well if it saves him, it was worth it.”

Does that mean that if he doesn’t convert right then and there on the spot, that it was a colossal waste of time??? Because that’s what I get out of that phrase.

Why do we measure our witnessing ability by how many people we’ve just happened to win over to Jesus while we were the one talking to them? That is immature, and frankly propagated by preachers and youth pastors who are, themselves, immature and/or power hungry.

God brings people to salvation through millions of things. Goals in life, actions of one person, conversations with friends, philosophy, church signs, situational evidence, the beauty of creation, ect… Somewhere down that list is pragmatic witnessing and church programs. And even then, that’s just one of many things going on in a non-believer’s head.

I’d like to pose a question. What the heck happens if nobody sincerely comes to Christ at the moment of your big and bad church event? Does that mean you’ve failed God? Well, if you went into it with that attitude, then yes. Yes you have. But if you realize that your big bad church event was only one step in the life of a non-believer, then you’ve got the right idea.

It also relieves you of a tremendous burden. You understand that you’re not responsible for another person’s eternity. Be the most effective witness you can be. Know the scriptures, learn to communicate, understand the plights of people who don’t believe, form connections, flaunt your lifelong “joy” that you’re supposed to have. Yes, even “snatch people out of Hell” if you want to look at it that way.

But at the end of the day, each person’s salvation comes down to him or her decision. God himself provides the evidence of himself and the eternal bliss he provides.

[sarcasm] And remember, if me writing this blog saves just one person, it was worth it. [/sarcasm]

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.