I’ve bee thinking quite a bit about “personal evangelism” lately. I think mostly because I saw Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on TBN the other night showing how they evangelize (Christianity) on the street. They showed a few examples of people who were receptive to the method they were using, and a few more that weren’t interested.
It really got me thinking about the different takes people have on the subject.
I have personally been of the conviction that the most effective approach would be to have a relationship with a person before trying to proselytize them. You would think so right? I would be more apt to buy a product on a friend’s recommendation than I would from the guy knocking on my door. And I know it annoys most people when the Jehovah’s Witness guys come to the house with their agenda of conversion. That kind of stuff just turns me off.
That being said, I am truly intrigued at the approach of Ray and Kirk. I feel their approach a tad legalistic and brash, but their is video proof that converts have come by taking this route. Thus the dilemma: a personal preference versus what might be truth. So I take it to the Bible, because truth is more important than what I think.
I’m blown away now. The entire New Testament is full of conversion stories and only a handful come from someone telling a friend. The Apostles went to many different places, often converting thousands, and almost none came from a friendship.
And what about Jesus? Many of His converts, including the disciples, were strangers that He approached seemingly on a “whim”.
So where does that leave me? Time for me to get out of what is comfortable and follow the example of the One I say I want to be like. Time to start spreading the Word. I hold something deep inside that needs to get out. It’s a simple as a child’s song, “Put it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.”
- chris mooney