Offline on Internet Evangelism Day

I weary of outreach strategies and gimmicks. It seems that such things are a really easy target, but then those who support them wonder why more people don’t take advantage of them, and so I make an irreverant post.

Internet evangelism day is May 7th, and I only wish that Christians would leave their computers unplugged lest we mess things up any more than we already have. Would you like to be “evangelized” by a Jew, Muslism or Buddist? Would you like them to use “strategies” and “proven techniques” to hook you into their faith systems? Do you even care about what they have to say when they talk about the benefits of their religions? No. Perhaps internet evangelism day doesn’t have to be about aggressive proselytizing, but I can guarantee that it will quickly become this in the wrong hands.

And once I again I cover some old territory. If you have to take a class or employ a technique or use a gimmick to share your faith in Jesus, the problem is not your style or approach, it’s your relationship.



Scripture talks about being a light and an aroma. It’s what you are, it oozes out of you, it can’t be missed, it’s the most important thing on your mind, it orients your entire life, nothing else is so important, and, as the Psalms say, having Him you desire nothing else. It’s not a presentation, it’s not a focused day to proselytize. It’s simply living with him and letting him show.

When I sit down and talk with someone about why I want to serve with non-profits in my community, I can’t help but bring up the Kingdom of God, reconciliation, and relationship with the creator. It’s right there. It’s my motivation. When someone asks why I moved to Vermont, I just honestly say that God told us to do it and that I would have a job in 2 months. It’s not a sneeky attempt to get the Gospel in, it’s right there in plain daylight for all to see.

Unless we live in the Gospel, live in the Lordship of Jesus, we will never have anything of value to share in the world. We cannot serve two masters. If you find yourself talking about something other than Jesus, other than the Kingdom, other than reconciliation, then perhaps Jesus isn’t your only master. If it’s so hard to talk about your love, then maybe you have some other lovers.

Dang it, I got preachy. My apologies. In reality, I need to preach this to myself. It really is a daily battle to keep Christ at the forefront and make him my love, my focus, and my guide. But I have seen how much evangelism techniques have bombed in my own practice that I am convinced there is nothing more effective than pressing in to him. There is nothing else more important in the world. And when you are full of him, he can’t help but come out . . . naturally . . . the only way.

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5 thoughts on “Offline on Internet Evangelism Day

  1. Andrew

    Interesting points, and well taken. But the purpose of Internet Evangelism Day isn’t to set aside a day to proselytize. Rather, it’s to promote the use of the Internet as a means of sharing that light and aroma you write about. If you visit the Internet Evangelism Day site, you’ll see that several of the resources posted there are designed for offline use.

    Still, you make some excellent points, and I’ve quoted your post extensively on my e-vangelism blog.

  2. Ed Post author

    As I was driving into work I realized that I had made a point that did not altogether relate to the site. Thanks for pointing that out! It seemed that their focus was on making Jesus more accessible, which I agree with. But I still don’t like the idea of evangelism "day". Thanks for your thoughts and interaction on your evangelism blog.

  3. Andrew

    Ed – Thanks for your thoughts, too. Your perspective is needed and appreciated.

    Peace,
    AC

    P.S. – I have <a href="http://bloggedyblog.blogspo…">another blog</a> where I would probably never pimp Internet Evangelism Day, for fear that it would scare off some of my readers.

  4. Jorge Chacón

    Greets,

    I have to say I agree with your thoughts and motivations. Yet, there is something to be said about using the internet as a medium to spread the Good News. I know many teenagers who spend more time online than anywhere else (even more than in school sometimes), and then a messenger program, a blog, or a personal page are the best ways to reach out to them.

    Even my non-Christian friends read my seldomly-updated blog and, even thought they sometimes worry about me, and most of the time do not know what it is I am trying to say, they take the time to read something they would not accept to be spoken directly to them, either in a church or outside of one.

    Still, you have a point when you say that Internet Evangelism Day could become something it is not supposed to be. Yet, couldn’t just about anything, in the wrong hands? History makes it clear what happens when religion, not relationship, drives things.

    God bless.

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