We had a really relaxing weekend. Beautiful weather made it nice for hiking and walking, but we also spent a good deal of time loafing around the house. This gave me some time to think a bit more about evangelism in light of the discussions I had last week with some other bloggers about the merits and potential pitfalls of Internet Evangelism day. I think that I’m not so much worried about IE Day as I am worried about the state of the church in relation to evangelism. Are we in the midst of a crisis?
I can only speak for the little chunks of space that I currently occupy and previously occupied, so take me with a grain of salt. My own view is that we are in the midst of an evangelism crisis. There are a couple of factors that may be causing this.
The last one really gets me. I am really perplexed by my tendency to be driven by an agenda. In one sense I want everyone I meet to know Jesus, but in another sense, I think it’s really horrible to stake people out and try to lure them in to Jesus. This is one area where I believe the propensity to push people to evangelism in the church without love has really done a lot of harm. How can we hold out Jesus without making acceptance of him a condition for relationship??? That is a tough nut to crack. Two people could do almost the exact same actions, but their inner hearts and motivations could be completely different.
In any case, I’m pondering the possibility of doing a series of posts on the state of evangelism in the church. What do you think? Is my list off base or on target? I don’t want to go on and on if I don’t have a clear picture of things.
As an added bonus, here are a few pictures of our bunny Bailey. He relaxed with us this past weekend.
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