Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Would You Introduce Christ To A Room Full Of People?

This video has made it's way around the internet at least one other time, and I have to say that I never quite gave it the thought that Rob-roy has. This is eye opening and helps me to remember to closely examine anything like this that I come across. Thank you Rob-roy for your discernment. -Robert

Friends,

I have had a video of Steve Harvey sent to me by multiple people as a “forward” that has become very popular in Christian circles. I appreciate it being sent my way by brothers and sisters in the Lord I love dearly. Perhaps you have seen it? The emails that have been forwarded have introductions from other people at the bottom of the forwards to the video such as:

“Remember this is not a church audience that this comedian (Steve Harvey) is addressing and there is nothing comedic about this.... Just amazing & powerful. WOW!”

Or

“WOW!!!!!!!!! This was totally awesome!!!!!!! Not only the intro but the crowd reaction!!!!!! This is Steve Harvey, a comedian, addressing a secular audience. The subject is: "How Would You Introduce Christ to a Room Full of People?" It's hard to imagine that this is a comedian and not a preacher, and this is an audience and not a congregation. It must have been at the end of his routine, because...well, you'll see.”

With that kind of set up watch the video and pay close attention to what is and is not said when introducing Christ.



Now that you have watched Steve Harvey do his introduction please allow me to step out on a limb. Almost everyone I know loves this video and is moved by it. What I am about to write puts me in danger of really turning people off that I care about. That is not my intention. My intention is to honor Christ and in that regard I submit the following observations to prayerfully consider.


... How we introduce Christ says a lot about us. Jesus asked "Who do you say I am"....



First let me say that his introduction was very emotional and moving. Secondly, I think the question is an important one. How would you introduce Christ? Is there a wrong way? Is every introduction equally valid no matter what the content?

How we introduce Christ says a lot about us. Jesus asked "Who do you say I am". He also said if people do not believe He is who He claimed to be they will die in their sin.

Regarding Steve Harvey’s intro of Christ, like much of modern Christianity there was something very important missing. Did you notice what that was?

It was striking to me that the central accomplishment of Christ was not mentioned at all by Steve Harvey in his introduction. We should not leave out the most essential part of the first coming which was the Cross and the conquering of death and sin. Even the people of Jesus time cheered him for his miracles and accomplishments. But then crucified him within the same week.

The very reason that Christ came, the Cross, was missing from the long list of accolades in Harvey’s intro. It is also missing from many churches, many messages and many souls. May we never become distracted from the central message of Christ but be determined by His grace to preach the Cross and Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sin. Too much is at stake to leave out the most important part.

This may sound harsh but Satan hates the cross. And because it was missing from Steve Harvey’s intro of Christ I believe Satan was satisfied that Jesus ultimate work and demonstration of love was left unspoken. As Christ looked at the multitudes with compassion and emotion it is important to consider the same concern for a crowd on the video that hears of a Jesus that does not include the very reason He came to earth. To save sinners and call them to repentance at the Cross in demonstration of amazing grace.

Paul was determined to preach and know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. It is sad to see so great a salvation neglected and missing. And even more so that it’s disappearance has largely gone unnoticed.

I pray that in our proclaiming the name of Christ that we honor Him by never leaving out the purpose for which He came and the purpose for which He will return. Judgment day is coming soon and the Savior came that men would repent and have faith Him, that they would not perish in Hell but have everlasting life through Christ alone. Oh what a gift His grace is. And oh what a terror it is to die apart from His mercy and fall into the hands of the living God.

On that day when the second coming does occur He will be introduced by his Angels with the sound of a trumpet, flaming fire and in a robe covered in blood as every knee bows and tongue confesses Him to be Lord. Although for most it will be too late there is still time for those you care about that still have breath. Go share the words of life with them that they may have a real introduction to the only one who can save. Our Savior Jesus Christ who is rich in mercy, forgiveness and love. And whom will bring justice and judgment to those who refuse to turn to Him for salvation.

Love, Rob-roy

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4 comments:

Erin said...

I am in full agreement with this. Nevermind the fact that Jesus Himself said "I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword". People only like the postive aspects of Christ! I do too, I mean who doesn't like the fact that He can save us from our sins and God's wrath? But people forget the most important aspect, as you stated.

This paragraph speaks so much truth!

"This may sound harsh but Satan hates the cross. And because it was missing from Steve Harvey’s intro of Christ I believe Satan was satisfied that Jesus ultimate work and demonstration of love was left unspoken. As Christ looked at the multitudes with compassion and emotion it is important to consider the same concern for a crowd on the video that hears of a Jesus that does not include the very reason He came to earth. To save sinners and call them to repentance at the Cross in demonstration of amazing grace."

I am afraid that so many of the people in the audience and possibly Steve Harvey himself, does not know the right Jesus and I pray that God would give him grace and mercy to find out who the real Jesus really is.

Jonathan said...

I get what you're saying, and I mostly agree, but let me ask you a question...Do you think it bothers Jesus if we don't introduce Him as the one that died on a cross for us? It's important for people to know, but if Jesus were here at the office with me and I had to introduce Him, do you think He would care how I introduced Him? I don't think He would care.

Paul Latour said...

Your observations and commentary on this video hit the nail on the head Rob-roy. I am grateful for your insight. Here are a few other things I noticed, if I may:


1) Had I not known the attributes of Jesus, I would have left the place still wondering who Harvey was introducing. Why? Because in his introduction Harvey never once mentioned the name of who he was talking about. He may think Jesus needs no introduction, but there are many in the world who have no idea who He is.

2) "His mother is still headlining in the Catholic church today." Idol worship is a direct violation of the second commandment. Nothing to brag about there.

3) Harvey refers to God the Father as "daddy". Irreverent and disrespectful to say the least.

4) The Bible has not been around since "the beginning of time".

Just thought I'd share that. Good post!

hmkjr said...

Your comments are right on. Also, I don't think I'm going to be standing and clapping when I meet Jesus - the bible says every knee shall bow.