In 1 Corinthians 2:2, Paul says that he would preach nothing but Christ crucified. As ambassadors of Christ ourselves, we should also be proclaiming nothing but his message. Christ, and Christ alone, is our message to those around us.
The wisdom of the world though speaks loudly to how we can have a good life, become beautiful people or obtain what we are looking for and it offers up a different suggestion, something different from Christ, for how to get it. Many times the suggestions make sense….but it directs people to something other than God. When Christians add this wisdom to the gospel and then start talking about it when they sit and stand, they in effect become evangelists for the wisdom of the world. They are constantly telling others about “Christ and…”
For example, many of my Christian friends are caught up in things related to health and/or politics. Perhaps you have friends like this too. Much of what they share is what they have become passionate about and they bring Christ in alongside to prove their position. They have become evangelists for “Christ and….”
In matters of justice, we do need to stand up for the defenseless, absolutely. The gospel is all about justice and we are to act justly as His ambassadors. It would be unjust to ignore the helpless. Likewise, sharing common sense nuggets that we have learned should be passed along if it will help someone, BUT, and this is a big but, that is not the gospel and it is NOT our message. Neither is general knowledge or opinions on things such as the government, our diet, or how marriage should be nurtured. Go ahead and share them if you are so inclined, but they are NOT the message of Christ.
If people think first of your extra cause before they think of Christ when they think of you, you have probably started to become an evangelist for “Christ and…”
Christ and no chemicals in your diet.
Christ and a happy, intimate marriage.
Christ and a just government.
Christ and a healthy body.
Christ and the top ten common sense things to avoid.
Christ and the top ten common sense things to do.
The ‘ands’ may be good things. They usually are things that we seek after because we are fearful or just want them. The ‘ands’ are usually something Christ never promised or talked about at length. He never promised a just government, a healthy body, wonderful relations with others, success or a happy life….here. They may or may not be fine to pursue but by becoming evangelists for ‘Christ and’ our message becomes: “be saved from your sins, AND live a healthy life.” or something akin to this. See the danger?
“I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2
For me, I make it my resolve as Paul did, that I will have no other agenda.