I just returned from the local park where I felt to go and give someone the message of the gospel. Honestly, your chances of getting the message through to a total stranger are in my view almost as good as getting it through to a close relative who is gospel resistant. Some people for YEARS won't can't manage to communicate the gospel with the latter. On the other hand, I've met many people who were quite willing to politely listen.
In any case, this particular man was with his young daughter when I offered him a gospel tract entitled "Are you a Good Person?". His reply was "I have my own religion. I'm all good." He clearly didn't want to talk. I told him words to the effect that God was reaching out to him and wanting him to be saved, and let him go his way. He looked pretty miserable in general.
There are many people like this in Australia. By saying, "I have my own religion" he was basically that "religion is a private choice and such choices should not be challenged". As Christians, should we agree with such statements?
Yes, one's religion is a private choice. God also has given people the power to refuse to hear His message. But is it RIGHT to simply let such a viewpoint TRUMP all God's commands to preach the gospel to all creation? Well, I don't think so. By refusing to hear God's message, a person heaps on themselves GREATER GUILT which will accumulate on Judgement Day unless in the meantime that person finds faith and cleansing through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ God's Son.
God says that people generally are right now UNDER CONDEMNATION. This is true whether people believe it or not.
Jesus comes with a message of how to escape condemnation. If there was no pre-existing condition of condemnation, then there would be no point to the gospel message.
Just "having a religion" is no excuse for rejecting God's message and rejecting Christ. A person who is a lover of truth will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to consider the message. But those who love darkness will want to slither off and hide from the light.
I believe it is time that in every place, and in every way, we Christians should challenge the world with our lives AND with our message. We've become so quiet because we've allowed God-haters to DEFINE what "politically correct" and "socially acceptable" behavior is. Most of us therefore are content to remain QUIET when Jesus told us "What I whisper in your ear, SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS". (Matthew 10:27)
Mat 10:27 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. "
If someone "has a religion" that regards the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as non-existent or worthless, THAT PERSON IS ALREADY UNDER THE CONDEMNATION OF GOD and THEIR RELIGION IS WORTHLESS. It is worse than worthless. It is demonic. Their religion allies them with Satan's plan for their life, to keep them under the bondage of sin and take them to THE LAKE OF FIRE forever.
If you agree with this, please say so. We need to get fired up about our faith and share it with others. Not in a rude or obnoxious way, but with total conviction that there is no other valid alternative.
Otherwise, why would Jesus have said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me." (John 14:6)?