Spectacle: a thing or person seen, especially an unusual or ridiculous one
a strange or interesting phenomenon
Should Christians become “a spectacle” in their neighborhood? Would you become a spectacle if it made possible for you to share the gospel with others?
My neighborhood is the outskirts, the land of the dying, marked by broken lives, missing parents, and jagged relationships. It doesn’t seem like anyone cares whether God loves them or not. Lady Wisdom is rejected too. So, why share something like the gospel with someone who seems uninterested?
I’m answered by meditation on The Passion:
The gospel was put out in the open when Jesus hung on the cross. Nothing private, but a spectacle for all to see. Darkness covered the skies and a terrible thing happened- Christ was crucified before a crowd of gamblers and gawkers. The intimacy of discipleship exposed in naked shame, wrath, and torture on top of a hill. Even though the gospel is for all to see, it doesn’t take center stage; Christ was crucified outside the city walls.
Since I’m moving to a new place in February, I’m jostled and challenged to become available, visible, transparent, even “naked” before my neighbors. While I strive to make my message of hope a feature presentation through multiple social media outlets, Jesus preferred intimacy, which made people feel awkward because it exacted a response. That is how the internet fails to communicate the gospel. The greatest spectacle of hope will be how I live before my neighbors.