If you do not evangelize will you be saved?

From Evangelii Nuntiandi, paragraph 24:

Finally, the person who has been evangelized goes on to evangelize others. Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his turn.

Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World) is an apostolic exhortation written in 1975 by Pope Paul VI. The quote above comes approximately one fourth of the way into the letter.

Though I am still working through this exhortation, these two sentences caught my attention. I was struck with the question: What kind of Christian is the one who does not share Christ? Not all of us are called to preach, or holy orders, or become missionaries, but what should we do with the this hope within us? Does the world need to know of this hope?

If I refused to share the good news of Christ have I then denied Him? If I have developed a pattern of not sharing Christ, of living a life that stays safe from whatever it is that scares me about sharing Christ, can I say I truly believe what I profess to believe?

Will I be one of those who, on that last day, say, “Lord, Lord…” only to hear, “Depart from me…”?

Do I want to take that chance? No.

Remember Christ on the cross, trust in the Lord, and take the chance to share Christ. His Spirit is with us.

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