Today, in an effort to be sophisticated and contemporary, many Christians have
stopped trying to persuade others to follow Jesus Christ.

I, too, have been guilty of this. When we lived in Mexico City, my next-door
neighbor was a young television personality. We would chat from time to time,
and he even mentioned that he listened to our radio program occasionally. But I
didn’t share the Gospel with him. I thought, “He seems completely immune
to the problems of life.”

Eventually, though, my neighbor’s situation changed. The joy seemed to have
left his face. He and his wife started driving separate cars to work. I could
tell their marriage was souring, and I felt the need to talk with him, but I
didn’t want to meddle in his life. I went about my business and headed off for
an evangelistic crusade in Peru. After all, that was the polite thing to do.

When I returned home, I learned my neighbor had killed himself. I was
heartbroken. I knew I should have gone to him and persuaded him to repent and
follow Jesus Christ. But because of false courtesy — because I followed a
social norm — I didn’t do it.

It’s very convenient to make excuses for not persuading others to follow
Christ. We may say we don’t want to be overbearing or offensive. We may think
we can’t possibly witness to someone because he or she will become angry. But
often the opposite is true.

Illustration taken from:  Luis
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
Passion, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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