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If Jesus and his apostles preached to their neighbors then why don't Christians follow his example and preach to their neighbors?
September 12, 2011 9:24PM
The word neighbors i believe refers to same descendants. So the Commandment thy shall not covet thy neighbor's house, wives, stuff ..... etc, refers to the their particular tribe.
Concerned Christians don't "preach" to their neighbors because it isn't a natural form of communication between individuals. "Preaching" is done by "preachers" from behind "pulpits." If the neighbor wants to hear preaching, he can always attend a service with the Christian.
People talk to each other, and Christians share the gospel by talking to people about it in an appropriate way. This is what Paul teaches Christians about sharing the word in 2 Timothy 2:24-26 - And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. A mature Christian will kindly and humbly share the gospel with people they know through polite inquiry and sincere concern; not "preach" to them with bombast, threat or accusation. Exposure to the gospel should arouse one's curiosity (at the very least), not ruffle one's feathers.
Beyond talking to people, Christians believe they should live a life of good example, knowing that "actions speak louder than words." They show their approach to life through even the most casual encounters (they'll make you smile by spontaneously moving a misplaced shopping cart out of the spot you want in a grocery store parking lot), being true to Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.