"heaven or hell?"
"Choose right, or get left behind."
These are a few of the church signs I've seen posted over the past few days.
I think it's something that we consider this "proclaiming the good news."
How is this good news?
the "Do this or else" message is a method to control people, not a proclamation of the good news that Jesus revealed.
Jesus didn't use fear to convert people or persuade them to follow him. Sure, Jesus warned people of the consequences of their choices. There is a big difference between warning people and scaring people into doing something.
Jesus seemed to be concerned with showing people the best way to live, While we seemed to be more concerned with getting people to think the same way we do. And what easier way to do that than to instill fear into the minds of those we want to control.