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