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“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, NLT).

Many churches see the whole world as living under a black cloud of judgment. They shake their heads and feel sorry for the poor condemned souls. Because of an outright or implied quota, some will then put a lot of time, money and effort into warning them of the dangers of unbelief and try to “save” them. Does God really place that much responsibility on Christians? If so, what is the consequence of failure? Must we carry the burden of guilt if one or more don’t respond?

Only one person is capable of saving souls and that is Jesus, the Savior of the whole world. That is why he came and he didn’t leave before it was done. On the cross, he declared his goal accomplished. He has not left that responsibility in our hands, but he does want us to participate in helping others see who he is and learn to follow him together. The world is not under condemnation, but under the umbrella of his love and forgiveness. Believers need merely to link arms with their neighbors and point out who is holding the umbrella.