Convert, or Else!

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One of the more divisive edicts in Christian theology is the instruction to “Preach the Gospel and make disciples of all men.”

Unfortunately, some have taken this to mean conversion, whether the people want it or not. Others have embraced the mindset that Christians are better than those they seek to convert, and they are privy to a secret non-converts are unaware of. Whatever the case may be, at the extreme, I also hear many forcefully proclaim that all non-converts are going to hell. This is surely not the Good News!

I am not attempting to debate the veracity of Christian doctrine. What I am trying to do, is to understand the spirit of the conversion mandate and to envision it from a place of love and mercy.

Perhaps, preaching the Gospel is about the news of a beautiful affirming relationship and not a judgment call about differences in ideology.

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