Every now and then, you come across something that absolutely shakes you to the core and that you just have to share...
The other night, I was bored to tears, so I searched around YouTube to see if I could find a cool, Christian movie to watch. I stumbled upon this little-known gem titled M 10.28 (this refers to Matthew 10:28).
Some people might roll their eyes when you say "Christian film," but I think Christians have produced some pretty awesome films: A Thief in the Night and A Distant Thunder are classics that have stood the test of time!
But I do believe that fear can be used to get people's attention! If you walked up to the average person and asked them if they wanted to be set on fire and to burn forever, I'm guessing most people would emphatically say, "No!" So the reality of Hell, that it is a place of eternal burning, torment, and separation from God and the enjoyment of His love, needs to be brought to people's attention and I think, sometimes, Christians need to be reminded of this.
When I watched this film, I was reminded of just how terrifying Hell will be and that there will be no escape. Once you're there, it will be too late! I was ashamed of myself for being too embarrassed or afraid to talk to my friends about Jesus. Ezekiel 3:18 really frightens me:
"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
I think about all the opportunities to share the gospel that I missed or squandered. I don't know how God is going to deal with those Christians--when we stand before Him and He shows us all the people who died and went to Hell, who came across our paths at one time or another, and that we just kept our mouths shut because we wanted to be cool, wanted to fit in, didn't want to offend them with God's Word, or didn't want to be dismissed as a religious nut or oddball. I don't know what the penalty will be...
See also How to Know Jesus and Receive Salvation post.