18 Jesus came and told his disciples,
"I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.
And be sure of this:
I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
I've said it before in this blog – I'll keep saying it until the world looks level...
The operative word in this passage is “go”.
Not “just be godly & wait for the heathens & unbelievers come to you”.
I get the feeling some people, a lot of people, a huge chunk of people in our culture here in America evidently think that's what it says.
Jesus also uses the imperative.
He didn't say
“you will go”
or “you can go when it's safe”
or “you can go when everything lines up & there's plenty of money & you can continue to live your precious & prissy white upper middle class lifestyle”.
He said “go” - the you is implied.
It's not implying “some of you” or “those of you who feel good about doing this” or “those of you who feel qualified”.
The implied you Jesus used is an “all of you” you – plural, not singular.
He said “go” in the strongest way possible – the imperative.
And Jesus' imperative suggests “go now”.
Not “when you feel like it”
Or “if you can live in the paradigm you've always live”
Or “to the people with whom you're comfortable”.
Or ”when you have your 401K situated”.
He meant “now”.
Jesus' imperative meant “all of you go now”.
It still means that.