1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Part 2
Meeting People Where They Are…
Continuing with yesterday’s verse, we learn more about meeting people where they are:
“Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law. To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.” -1 Corinthians 9:19-23, NAB
Yesterday, we discussed using a spiritual vocabulary that people could understand. The other message to take from this verse is that we must meet people where they are. If we hope to reach out to teens, we must understand their world. If we want to reach the un-churched, we must live where they live. If we want to bring our fellow Catholics home, we must understand why they left in the first place. Some may choose to live in a box and surround themselves solely with Catholic and Christian media, including television, radio, and the Internet, but they may lose their evangelical effectiveness. Meanwhile, to live in the world – but not of it, just as Paul did, allows us to meet people where they are, and that is what evangelism is all about.
Many will debate this topic. On one hand, removing the temptations and lies that come from secular media can lead one to a deeper personal relationship with Christ, their is no doubting that. On the other hand, understanding the world in which we live allows us to live our faith more outwardly by connecting with others through evangelization, which also helps us to deepen our relationship with Christ. There will be different paths for different people, that much is certain. What path you choose is solely up to you.