My friend, I stand in judgment now, and feel that you’re to blame somehow . . .

Posted: March 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Since my “Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?” post, I have been thinking a lot about personal evangelism.  I ran across this poem a while back and thought I would share it with you.

 

My Friend by D.J. Higgins

 

My friend, I stand in judgment now

And feel that you’re to blame somehow

While on this earth I walked with you day by day

And never did you point the way

You knew the Lord in truth and glory

But never did you tell the story

My knowledge then was very dim

You could have led me safe to him

Though we lived together here on earth

You never told me of your second birth

And now I stand this day condemned

Because you failed to mention him

You taught me many things, that’s true

I called you friend and trusted you

But now I learned, now it’s too late

You could have kept me from this fate

We walked by day and talked by night

And yet you showed me not the light

You let me live, love and die

And all the while you knew I’d never live on high

Yes, I called you friend in life

And trusted you in joy and strife

Yet in coming to this end

I see you really weren’t my friend

 

How many of your friends and family know that you are a Christian? Do you love them enough to tell them Why you live life the way you do? Why you believe?

Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).

Peace,

- chris mooney


Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?

Posted: February 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

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.”

Peace,

- chris mooney