In the second part of my interview with Senator Marco Rubio, we talk about “lost” people, and how “President Rubio” would share his faith.
Ed Stetzer: You used the phrase “lost people” [in your last answer]. So talk to us a little bit about that. What is the role of the Christian, the Catholic, the Evangelical when it comes to sharing with people who are, to use a term you used a minute ago, “lost.” What’s our role?
Senator Marco Rubio: We’re called to spread the gospel. Now obviously you can spread the gospel in different ways. Some of it is verbal, especially if someone is curious and asks. We should never be shy about sharing our testimony.
Oftentimes it’s just in the way we treat others. That, sometimes, is the best way to bring someone to the faith is first [and] foremost by how you treat them. [For] many people, their image of Christianity will be formed by how they interact with Christians and how Christians treat them—or how Christians behave.
I’m convinced that the growth in the early Church was significantly influenced by how the early Christians dealt with adversity and with the circumstances around them. But both the supernatural peace that the Spirit made possible in them but also in the way that they treated others.
The early church was clearly a missionary church. But it was also one that sought to heal wounds and sought to help others and was very sacrificial, and you can see in Paul’s letters where he talks about providing for the poor and taking care of widows within the church itself and sometimes, of course, beyond.
I view us all as ambassadors of the faith. Oftentimes there are many people out there that have either been disconnected—or never connected at all to their faith. Evangelizing, in many ways, is the way that you behave toward them or the way they see you conduct …