The people of Nineveh were known for committing the most inhumane and unbelievably grotesque atrocities in recorded history. Even in the prophet Jonah’s time their intimidating reputation was well established.
The middle and high schoolers of Cornerstone are currently journeying through the Book of Jonah, realizing with each chapter how potently God uses the prophet as a mirror to our own hearts’ cold reticence to share the gospel in our own neighborhood. There is no doubt a huge difference in culture (and personal safety) between Nineveh and Middlefield. But the condition of the lost remains starkly similar: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36, ESV).
As followers of Christ, we should be burdened by the condition of the lost and their impending judgment as well as by Christ’s commission to make disciples. This lost condition is what makes Nineveh and Middlefield so similar – they are both mission fields. That is the burden that drives a concert like Seventh Day Slumber’s on the 29th or the Community Open Gym on the 7th. The connections that faithfully proclaim and represent the gospel will be the only enduring elements of each evangelistic enterprise, and as the body of Christ we should pursue the biblical expectation that the Holy Spirit will penetrate the hearts of the lost with the gospel.