Turn the World on Its Head (Part 2)

For years I have said that evangelism is the best type of social action. I believe that wholeheartedly. And frankly, without evangelism you can’t see real change in our nation. But we’ve got to live out our faith as we speak it. If we’re going to see change in our world today, it must be done through word and deed.

Sharing about the love of Christ is a must, but are we reflecting that love as well? Sharing about the forgiveness of the cross is foundational, but are we offering forgiveness as freely as we ask for it? Proclaiming our new life in Christ is critical, but are we claiming it daily, living in it continually, and expecting it moment by moment?

Are we truly loving our neighbor as ourselves? Are we putting Christ first in all we do? Are we sharing the Good News Gospel “as we go into all the world” (Mark 16:15)? If not, why not?

What we share is of immense importance. But how we share it many times dictates whether it is heard.

The Palau Association has captured a glimpse of what this can really look like. Starting in the summer of 2008 in Portland, Oregon, where the Palau team is headquartered, we launched our new festival model that expands upon the theme of service. Now, through CityFest Seasons of Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, San Diego, California, and recurring efforts in Portland, we are seeing hundreds of local churches and tens of thousands of volunteers come together to pour out the love of Christ on the city. No strings attached, just a practical proclamation of the love of Christ.

That inaugural year in Portland saw more than 600 local churches and 27,000 volunteers come together to bless the city. Let me tell you – as we reached out, the city watched. People asked questions. They listened to what we had to say. It has opened incredible doors for sharing God’s truth, and it has begun to change the fabric of our community as a whole.

It doesn’t take a citywide campaign to make an impact. You can start today, in a conversation with a neighbor or a note to a friend, tangibly sharing the love of Christ with those around you. All I ask is that you do something!

Just imagine what would happen if each and every Christian began living like the early Church (see Part I of this blog post). People might just begin accusing us of turning the world on its head.

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About Luis Palau

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. Luis’ radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,000 radio outlets in 48 countries. His outstanding and significant contribution to the field of Christian communications was recognized in 2008 with the National Religious Broadcasters William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes a number of alliances that allow partners in ministry to connect, draw from Palau’s vast experience, and become equipped to reach the world for Christ. More than 200 evangelists are currently a part of the Next Generation Alliance®, and the Livin It® Alliance is dedicated to action sports ministries, film and video outreaches. His book, A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian, quickly became a bestseller in China and released in the United States in February 2008. Luis and his wife, Pat, live in Portland, Oregon, where they have twelve grandchildren and four sons, three of whom are actively involved with the ministry.