Getting Rid of Evangelism
I'm careful with recommendations. Even if I like something, I'm a hesitant to tell people about it unless it is on a completely different level of impact, really anything that wows me with it's first impression, then keeps on wowing me when I go back. Right now I'm reading one of those books, Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis. Get it. Read it. You won't be sorry.
I'm going to talk about Evangelism this week, or rather the eradication of the term from my vocabulary and thought life. Depending on how it goes, I might even stretch it out into next week. We'll see.
I've always had this sense that being a Christian made me feel like I was a part of a multi-level marketing scheme where I had to convince people to buy products I was pretty sure they didn't want. Not that I didn't believe it myself, or find Jesus compelling enough, there was just all this other 'Christian' stuff that went with Him that people would have to buy in to so they could fit in, it was like I had to convert people to an entire sub-culture to get them to follow Jesus, or even if they did 'come as they are' I had a feeling that 'as they are' better become 'who they were' fast, or there would be trouble.
Needless to say, I loathed evangelism and figured God hated me for that. He did after all say He would be ashamed of people who were ashamed of Him. I eventually walked away from it, in an episode I'll relay later on. I apologized to God and gave up on converting people, which in retrospect was probably the best decision I ever made. Giving up is often the best place to start something new and better.
If you're tired of feeling like a multi-level marketer, stay tuned.
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