Sunday, June 24, 2012

The lost art of evangelism... but is is supposed to be an "art" ? And the art of the Green Tea crash.

I am not an evangelist. At all. This is probably because this is not taught.. well maybe not properly. Upon a few dictionary searches this is what came up:  "The preaching or promulgation of the gospel."  or Missionary zeal, purpose or activity. Despite not coming from a Christian family, I started going to Awana and Sunday School around age 9 and was told to tell people about Jesus and that's all. (leaving out the persecution part.... or the part where I got beat up.. .. but I did not know what that was until I was 20... the hard way) I have always wrestled with evangelism despite the fact we should all do it somehow. Some methods are different than others, some work some don't and some need generous (or massive) tweaking.  I wrestled with this because I have seen Christians abusing. God is love and God is just, now because we believe that, should we not try and nudge others to try and live better? In a way, yes. But how should we do this? By standing on the street corner and yelling? I wouldn't, it takes guts, hardcore faith and more guts n faith. By preaching? By being a speaker on behalf of God, gently guiding people to holiness? Perhaps relational evangelism, getting to know someone genuinely. Being concerned for their eternal security and getting to know the person inside, without having some kind of agenda. All may work for some, but should we come down on people?

In a way, all Christians are wired to evangelize. Perhaps from a good dosage of teaching they receive themselves. I believe it can come up supernaturally, God wills for all to be saved and receive the knowledge of the truth of Scripture (1 Tim 2:4). We should make disciples and find ways to tell others about Jesus without being condescending. One such issue that comes to mind is gays. Yes, being gay is a sin and not God's view for relationships, how the church approaches it is rather sketchy. I have been brought up to respect people no matter what they do, but as a true loving and just person, must I tell them to stop? I feel sorry for people who are marginalized because of this; on both sides of the fence. I am not an advocate for people who practice it because it is indeed unbiblical but in my heart, I cannot tell them to stop because God gives us free will. But does He predestine people for destruction? I'd be very worried and bugged if He did. Stealing and lying is also unbiblical, so it should be treated on equal grounds. It skews the image God creates us in as much as anything. I feel that the unloved should be loved, guiding them to the amazing grace of God.

Marriage is God's idea, Genesis 2:24 man and woman. I am sorry peeps who support gay marriage but foundationally is FOR man and woman. Although I think church and state should be separate entities.

On a slightly different train of thought; sin is separation from God. Now, if we see someone (or do ourselves) continue in a sin should we question their salvation? THAT is SCARY! If I struggle a lot with (blank) than I might not be saved? Hmm...

SO evangelism, what's your take? and on anything else?

1 comment:

  1. I hear your heart, Fretzy. Evangelism is sharing the gospel - or, telling others about some really great news you have. If you were given a great prize or found an epic deal on something expensive, you'd probably call a friend or go on Facebook and announce it because you are so elated that you can help but tell somebody. Our salvation in Jesus Christ allows us to be free of our shameful sins and be in God's holy presence! That is the best news we could possibly announce. I think that is why Christians all have that evangelistic side, but not are all professional "evangelists", we just all have really good news to share.
    Concerning the groups who do not share our faith, those who choose their lifestyle over a biblical one, they can't truly see what we are so excited about. Unfortunately, some Christians get so zealous for God, they do judge others wrongfully. We should make every attempt to love others - it is our act of worship (Matt. 25). But we also can't put our devotion to upholding Christian standards to rest. While I understand that our Christian standards have an impact on laws, and, thus, have an impact on those who do not share our values, we still have to uphold them. Yes, I believe babies are people - but secular society's vote overruled, and abortion is legal. I believe sex is reserved for a marriage relationship, but secular society's vote overruled, and selling sex is legal. I believe pornography is destructive to all relationships, but secular society's vote overruled, and anyone over 18 can purchase it (anyone can download it! ack!). I believe marriage is for a man & a woman. Secular society's vote overruled in our country, and gay marriage is legal. My overstated point is that God did not intend for His creation to act in these ways, but those who do not care for the biblical defined design of life will never understand or agree. In a way, we must turn the other cheek, live to show them a way to Christ and continue to uphold Christian values and laws. Removing Christianity and State opens the floodgates to removing our religious freedom - it is definitely in progress. Think of the teachers who were fired because they prayed in a public school. Where are their rights?
    Anyway, tell others why you love God. Not because you feel obligated to, but because it is the best news EVER. If they experienced the salvation of Christ and were filled with the Holy Spirit, the debate would be over!