In my quest to learn more, I’m trying to read books about the Bible as well as reading the Bible itself more. Cathey Armillas recommended one that I like called Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism. We Christians are supposed to let people know about Jesus, but some approaches seem to be more effective than others. What works?
I told my pastor about the book, and he liked it. That helps me be more excited because I know I can be a bit naïve, and I want to be careful of where I look for guidance. Does that make sense?
Here is what I like about it. Sometimes I see people on the street holding a doomsday sign or one about Jesus. I admire their ability to be rejected and persecuted, but I still wonder how effective they are at convincing people to know more about Jesus. They have their place, and I’m not judging them because they are doing what they believe is right. With my understanding of marketing from a different perspective, I have to look at what works for me and how I can be effective.
What I like about the approach suggested in this book is that the author does not get defensive or try to ram Jesus down people’s throats. He even mentions that the word Christian means many different things to people around the world. It is an emotionally loaded word with negative connotations for some. In different parts of the world the meaning can be even worse.
The author points out that if someone asks you, “Are you religious?” and you respond, “Oh, yes, I’m a Christian,” there is nothing in that exchange about Jesus. He also talks about not trying to defend his beliefs and getting into a debate as many people do. In fact, he suggests just listening and loving on people to create a connection. If pushed he may say that he is a “Follower of Christ,” which is different from trying to push people into that point of view. His response may promote a curiosity that can lead to a more fruitful discussion.
Thank you, Cathey, for turning me onto the book. Thank you, Carl Medearis, for writing it. I like this approach because if I get into a debate with the limited knowledge I have now, I could easily get questions for which I do not have the answers. There is more for me to read and more for me to think about. Stay tuned.
How do you approach a discussion about your faith?
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read the Bible.)
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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