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.