Go and Make . . . Just Friends?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”—Matthew 28:19, 20.
The imperative for the Christian is clear, if we are to believe what Jesus said at the end of Matthew’s gospel: we’re to “make disciples” from “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” as the King James Version renders Revelation 14:6.
There are some who assert our job is done, or at least well begun, if we merely sidle up to folks and become friends with them. Friendship is important, to be sure; we as …