Of course we are called to save the lost and evangelism is alive, active and relevant today. However…
My personal passion is not to bring some unknown revelation to lost souls who have never heard of God or Jesus because that’s unrealistic in our day and age (not to say that need doesn’t exist on some level in parts of our world).
It’s my heart’s desire to bring revelation to those proclaiming Christianity so that they can live in such a way that is not a deterrent to those who actively reject God because of experiences they’ve had with Christians and/or the Church.
There are a few reasons why I think people are put off by Christianity: 1) because Christians go out of their way to hide their shortcomings for fear of judgement and/or condemnation and society knows better so we’re now viewed as “holier than thou” and fake, which also makes us unrelatable and society can never measure up (heck, we can never measure up); 2) because, in an attempt to “reach people,” we tell society all the things they are doing wrong and all the things the Bible says about what they should be doing or who they should be; 3) because we’re human and mess up from time to time and can’t live up to the expectations we’ve place on others and now we’re hypocrites; 4) because hurt people hurt people and there are some Christians who, though they long for it so badly, have not found full freedom in Christ and are doing their very best to just survive this life; 5) this one is going to sting a little: because there is a percentage of those proclaiming Christ who are not actually pursuing Christ and are trying to manipulate their way into salvation.
I’m sure there are many more examples that could be given but bottom line is we often get it wrong, regardless of our intentions.
The word evangelism literally makes my skin crawl (or it used to anyway). I think of a man standing on a street corner waving a bible around shouting at the top of his lungs condemning the world if they don’t turn from their evil ways. My “evangelical walk” changed entirely when I came to realize (through different sermons and teachings) that it is not my job to convince anyone to follow Christ or to convict them of their sinful ways. THAT’S GOD’S JOB and I am not God. I have two responsibilities as a follower of Christ (not Christian)…1) pursue Christ with my entire heart, soul and mind, and 2) love others. IT’S REALLY THAT EASY!!!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
We as human beings, not just Christians, do a horrible job at loving ourselves. Maybe that’s the problem. In fact, I probably love others better than I love myself. If I love others as myself we are in some trouble folks. We need to pursue Christ in such a way that we learn to see ourselves and others through His eyes (but that’s a topic for another blog post).
So….how do those who proclaim Christ live an authentic life and love people genuinely right where they’re at (and not where we think they should be)? That is my purpose for this blog and what I hope to accomplish through my life and testimony. We as Christians need to learn how to get out of God’s way and to better point people towards Christ.