In this post, it isn't my objective to offend anyone with the comparison that I am about to make, but it is my hope to raise awareness of subject that every believer should take to heart.
The comparison is in no way meant to diminish the trauma or anguish one has experienced.
Reader discretion is advised.
sitting here and I am trying to think of how to say what I feel like I
need to say. I have the message in mind but it isn't something that I
can say carelessly. What I really want is for believers to see is the
gravity of their actions of the eternal spectrum, and not take it
If you know me you know that evangelism and being there
for people is a significant part of my life. In the life of the believer
we are called to share our faith. We are called to let people know the
good news that there is redemption from sin and we can have new life,
I was talking to a friend of mine recently
about the subject of faith. He was telling me about a guy at his job who
was so... lets say zealous, to get other people to know about his faith
that he wouldn't let up on it. He would push it on people. He wouldn't
listen to what they had to say because as they were speaking he was too
busy trying to talk over them in order to push his faith harder upon
I see this as very wrong.
lot of churches we have this mentality that we have to go out and save
the world. We pride ourselves on what we do for the kingdom. "I went
out to the street corner with a bull horn and yelled a message to 500
people about how evil they are and how they are going to hell, then 2
came up our of fear and wanted to know how to escape it."
The kingdom of God is built upon relationships.
Take a moment and think about this comparison.
first command given to man is to be fruitful and multiply. God tells
Adam to go "have relations" with his wife. This is a good and righteous
We know that when two people are married, That there is
that intimacy. There is that relationship. After they have gotten to
know each other and spent time together, THEN they into a covenant, that
they both have agreed to.
What is the opposite of this?
Rape. It's defined as :
"the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse."
is such an ugly word, with such a horrible definition, that I almost
didn't write this post. However I am compelled for the sake of the
kingdom to continue.
You may be asking what rape has to do with evangelism and I am working
to make that point.
AS you go out to share your faith, keep in mind that you have a
relationship with God. Through his seeking you, you sought him, you
connected and you accepted him, thus you walk together.
He didn't force himself on anyone.
you are sharing your faith, your heart needs to be treating the event
like a courtship. Communicating together. Listening to each other.
Facing burdens together. Celebrating together. In this action you will
show who ever you are ministering to, what the Savior is in you. You
show them love. You show them love by showing them how to love. Just
as God did you. The goal is to share the relationship you have with
God, with them, so that they might know the joy and peace of God in
If you goal is anything other than that... Don't even open your mouth.
we are going out to "evangelize" to make us feel good. TO make us feel
like we are bring something to the kingdom. So that we may boast that we
saved someone. That we led them to Christ, ... then how much of what we
know of the Gospel is really based off of our selfishness instead of
So often we go out and we run into a
person, or maybe we have known them for years, and we push Jesus on
them. We tell them how wrong their life is, without ever knowing them.
We tell them how filthy we they are, by our actions. instead of looking
at them like people, we objectify them as a means for our own personal
gratification. We force our beliefs on them, and in doing this we do
not giving a good demonstration of God.Check your heart before you do
anything "for" God. Look in Matt 7:21-23
everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
does that leave the recipient? It leaves them hurt, and broken. Feeling
even more distant from God. It leaves them feeling angry. They didn't
see His compassion. They only saw your thirst to appear righteous.
It's like rape.
God is big enough to help some people get past it. Sometimes some people heal and forgive.
but they all remember how they felt. How you made them feel.
If you want to share the word of God with someone, and they don't want it, then shut up. No means no. Do not push.
and serve them. Be an example of righteous living. Deal with them with
compassion and mercy. Be gracious toward them. You aren't going to
change their mind. Only God can change their heart. Your job is to be
When you learn to serve, you learn to be less
selfish. When you serve, people listen. People listen because they can
see you care. When people know that you care more than anything, then
they will be open to hearing what you have to say.
write all this in wisdom, having failed at this so many times. I write
this in hopes that you can learn from my failures. That you may examine
your heart and how you approach people.
Even if you have a genuine love for people, make sure you aren't going about the wrong way.
The wrong way for the right reasons can still be destructive. Pray about it first. Pray pray pray.
when the disciples were fishing, doing everything in their power to
catch something, anything... and not getting anywhere. It wasn't until
they listened to the Messiah and followed what he instructed that they
cast their nets on the other side and pulled up the haul.
isn't anything wrong with sharing faith. We must share our faith in
order to grow. We just have got to be sure that when we initiate, they
are open to receive it.
Pray then do.
More God, less you.