This Should be Interesting:
For about 15 years, I taught a couple of church planting classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Deefield, IL. As a part of one of those classes, I did the following thought experiment with my students.
I begin by telling the class that I don’t believe there is extraterrestrial life on other planets but for the purposes of our little thought experiment they are all Martians. They have visited earth and run into some Christians who tell them that they worship the creator of everything that is seen and unseen. He created this third planet from the sun and he created Mars. The Christians tell the story of redemption to the Martians and then say,
“Everything we do, we do because of what Jesus told us to do before he went back to heaven with the promise that he was coming again to judge the living and dead.”
For the next month, the Martians travel around America and visit Christians. When they come back they tell the Christians that they have figured out what Jesus’ last words, the Great Commission, must have been based on what they have observed Christians doing.
Before I tell you what the class comes up with every year, let’s let this run out for a few days here. What would you say the Martians have concluded after a month of observing the American church?
Weigh in with your own opinion and give your friends (maybe some of your non-Christian friends) this address and ask them to weigh in on the question.