It appears the Daily Beast was the first to report it, but the news was absolutely shocking, even terrifying. Yes, “Madison Cawthorn, the North Carolina Republican who will become the youngest member of Congress in history, has admitted he tried to convert Jews and Muslims to Christianity.”
How could such a thing happen in the 21st century? How could a self-righteous, religious fanatic make it into the hallowed halls of the House?
As I tweeted in response to the shocking news,
Oh, the horror! A newly elected House Rep., Madison Cawthorn, is a Christian who — get this — actually practiced his faith and tried — gasp!! — to win Jews and Muslims to Jesus. Time to panic! Sound the alarm! This dangerous man is now in Congress! (Seriously, good for him!)
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) November 17, 2020
It turns out that in an interview Monday with the Jewish Insider, Cawthorn spoke of his devout Christian faith, explaining that he had also read the Quran in case he ever met a Muslim who was curious about Christianity. And, he was thrilled to share, he had actually seen some Muslims become Christians.
But this, he stated, was what Christians are supposed to do: “If all you are is friends with other Christians, then how are you ever going to lead somebody to Christ? If you’re not wanting to lead somebody to Christ, then you’re probably not really a Christian.”
Precisely. Sharing the Christian faith with non-Christians, in a loving, noncoercive way, is part of what Christians do. For followers of Jesus, this should be as natural as breathing. It is part and parcel of who we are and part of the mandate He left us. In the oft-quoted words of Jesus, we are to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15b).
Coincidentally, about the same time the Jewish Insider interview was being released, I was writing an article on the Gospel being our first and greatest priority. The article ended with several powerful quotes, including this one from C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896): “No Christian is in a right condition, if he is not seeking in some way to bring souls to Christ.”
Put another way, committed Christians share their faith the way committed Jews observe the Torah and committed Muslims follow the Quran. These are foundational elements of each one’s respective faith.
What about sharing the Gospel with Jews? The Jewish Insider asked him that question:
“I have,” he said with a laugh. “I have, unsuccessfully. I have switched a lot of, uh, you know, I guess, culturally Jewish people. But being a practicing Jew, like, people who are religious about it, they are very difficult. I’ve had a hard time connecting with them in that way.”
That makes perfect sense. It is harder to change the views of someone who is also deeply committed to their faith.
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SOURCE: Charisma News