Evangelist, author and founder of the ministry Think Eternity, Matt Brown, just released his forthcoming book, “Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence.“ In it, Brown encourages Christians to do a better job at representing the love of God while telling unbelievers about the truth of Jesus.
In an interview with Faithwire, Brown explained why he thinks the modern megaphone of social media can be problematic while sharing how Christians can use it to effectively advance the Kingdom.
“The reality is all of us have more influence than we realize with people around us, but also social media has now allowed us to potentially influence hundreds or thousands more — more quickly than ever before in history,” he said.
“As Christians, we have to stop and think about how we are using these new tools,” Brown continued. “No other generation has had what we have, with 24-hour news media, the internet and mass connectivity, and social media where each of us has an ‘online megaphone.’”
Brown paraphrased a quote from Evangelist D.L. Moody, in which he argued that “out of 100 people outside the church, one might pick up a Bible and read it, but 99 will read the Christian.”
He pointed out that when you decide to follow Christ, you become an ambassador of Christ. From that point on, the way you act will affect how people see Christ.
“They need to see His truth, but they also need desperately to see His love!” Brown said. “People see who Jesus is by looking at our lives.”
“John writes about Jesus when he says, ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth,’” he said, citing John 1:14.
“Additionally, Paul ties these two great themes of the Bible together in Ephesians 4:15 saying, ‘We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church,’” he added.
This is where Brown got the inspiration for his book title, “Truth Plus Love,” because as Christians, he believes we should be constantly growing in those two things.
“Truth without love is just a noise to the world around us,” he said. “Love without truth is disconnected from the power of God. Truth plus love will give us influence with the world around us, starting with our own families, communities, workplaces and even as believers in our nation and world.”
How Should Christians Act Compared With Non-Believers?
Brown shared a quote from the book “The Mark of the Christian” by 20th century theologian Francis Schaeffer, where he emphasizes the importance of keeping a balance of truth and love, in which it is “constantly and consciously developed — talked about and written about in and among our groups and among ourselves as individuals.”
There must be a distinct difference in the way Christians disagree, and how the rest of the world disagrees — if not, there is a problem.
Brown explained that Schaeffer’s sentiments are still important today, even more so because Christians have access to thousands of “friends” and often don’t think twice before sharing their opinion on the topics that are flooding today’s world.
Because of this, Brown stressed that “it is more important than ever that we rediscover how to represent Jesus with both truth and love!”
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