Thursday, June 17, 2010

Evangelism, Anger, and the Righteousness of God

Is it easier to evangelize to someone and then become their friend or to be buddies first and then tell them about Jesus?

To be honest, I do not know why this thought popped into my mind.

The other night, a loved one was watching something on television and on this program were the illusionists Penn and Teller. Seeing them reminded me of a "Penn Says" where he talked about a man who gave him a pocket (New Testament) bible. In his video log Penn asked, "How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate a person to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"

I love to fellowship with individuals and talk about God and Christ Jesus. I am also painfully aware, though, that there are some (whether they claim Christ or not) who get very offended and harsh when something is said with which they disagree. On the subject of anger and righteousness, (a fellow blogger) Wendy Horger Alsup from Practical Theology for Women quotes James 1:19-20 which says,
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

But, back to my original question…is it less challenging to tell a stranger or a loved one about Christ?

I suppose…ultimately…it depends on the person to whom you are speaking, perhaps.

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11. ESV.)
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