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My Comments on the Article “There’s Got to Be a Better Method Than Hit-and-Run Evangelism”

03 Apr

A few days ago we posted the article “There’s Got to Be a Better Method Than Hit-and-Run Evangelism” (Patheos December 6, 2018 by Josh Daffern) which may be found here.

Here are my comments on that article:

Josh gives a great illustration. How would one best help an overweight friend? By “fat shaming” them on the internet? By bluntly addressing their weight problem? By boldly proclaiming “the truth” about their obesity? Josh rightly asks the question, is your goal to be right — or to help your friend lose weight? “Hit and Run Evangelism” means shaming + judging first. When we do that, aren’t we merely “checking the box” that we’ve “done evangelism”?

Josh says, “We don’t get credit for how many people we offend and push into Hell.” He then recommends that we “to turn over the tables in our churches” and “hold ourselves accountable for those on the inside and love those on the outside.” Love, he rightly states, is a better motivator for life change than condemnation.

I grew up as a hit-and-run evangelist. Whether I used an approach like “The Four Spiritual Laws” or some other technique, I stepped out in boldness — and stepped on a lot of toes.

Here is where we need to get back to becoming friends of sinners as Jesus was! Some evangelistic encounters might well be brief (a conversation on an airplane, giving a comment on someone’s blog post), but even in those we are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Some people need to hear about God’s holiness and wrath and eternal judgment. Others need to hear of His love for sinners. In those short and solitary encounters one must ask God the Holy Spirit for wisdom which approach to take.

But for friendship encounters — situations where we can follow the Lord and truly become friends of sinners — we need to invest time and love in earning the right to be heard. That is precisely my burden in Unlike Jesus: Let’s Stop Unfriending the World.

Today’s Challenge: Ask the Lord specifically how you can advance or initiate your friendship with someone you know who has not yet trusted Christ.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2020 in evangelism

 

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2 responses to “My Comments on the Article “There’s Got to Be a Better Method Than Hit-and-Run Evangelism”

  1. Bruce Toews

    April 3, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Very well put. Our goal should be to show nonbelievers that we have something that they need and actually want, and we’re not going to accomplish that with judgment, self-righteousness or shaming.

     
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    April 3, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Thank you for your comment, Bruce. May the Lord use you — and me — today to do just that! Dr. D.

     

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