Press. We know from today’s culture that media attention isn’t always the best thing. Sometimes it raises awareness to needs that previously went unmet, and that’s good. But other times it creates trends that leave people or issues forgotten about once the “fame” has warn off. Sometimes it even makes that issue unapproachable, doing more harm in the end than good.
Jesus healed a leper once who he told after the miraculous event not to tell anybody but to simply go give thanks at the temple and be declared ‘fit’ by the priests. This was also going to allow him to re-enter society. But…
…he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter. —Mark 1.45
There really is a right way and a wrong way to spread news. If we go about it the wrong way we end up doing damage to the very thing that brought us joy. The gospel is meant to be spread but it’s delicate. This great gift we have isn’t something to be used unwisely. We need to care for the gospel, being sure that we aren’t hindering what God desires it accomplish in the world. We never want to make it difficult for Jesus to do his work in the world. Sure, people will find him, even if it’s way out on the outskirts. But make it easy on folks. Don’t scare them away with the gospel. Tell them the good news in way that promotes receptivity and gives God the greatest chance of making a lasting difference in their lives.
Think of it like fishing: its better to be patient, catching the fish in dragnets or with lines and poles, rather than chunking dynomite into the lake and rendering half your catch unusable. The fish are precious in his sight, remember. Care for his word—care for his people
Bless you all, as you enter into this weekend. Find rest for your souls and find fulfillment in his peace.