Friday, April 10, 2009

Can I Get a Witness?

For me, one of the hardest things about being a Christian is sharing my faith. Faith is such a personal subject for everyone that it feels as though I'm intruding onto some one's personal business. Also, most people get ticked off when you say they're going to Hell for worshipping the wrong god. Christians have come up with many ways to make witnessing easier. Some are really good, while other are a bit more . . . creepy.

Probably the most infamous witnessing too is the Chick Track. For those who don't know, Chick Tracks are little tiny comic books that explain how Catholicism, Halloween, Dungeons and Dragons,and heavy metal will lead you to the path of sin and damnation. You're more likely to get some strange looks than win souls with this one.

Then there's the "Turn or Burn" method, which is where you get your Jonathan Edwards on, and basically guilt trip some one into accepting Christ. Yes, the Bible says we are all sinners, and we shouldn't water that down. But in my experience, it's hard to convice people that God loves them if you're constantly saying how terrible they are.

So those are examples of what NOT to do when witnessing. So what's the right way to witness? Or is there a right way? That's something I'm still trying to figure out. But I will say that, while skimming through the Gospels, I've noticed a few things:

-Jesus says we need to repent (Matthew 4:7), but doesn't condemn (John 3:17). In fact, Jesus saves his harshest words for the self-righteous religious leaders (Matthew 23).

-Jesus doesn't just talk the talk. His actions demonstrate what it means to be a Christian (John 13:3-10)

-Jesus didn't just preach, but also shared His meals with sinners (Matthew 9:10-12).

Like I said, I have no sure-fire formula for how to witness. For me, formulas only reduce the Gospel to a simple math problem. I just try to live the best way I can, and hope that others see what God has done in my life.

3 comments:

  1. This is a great explanation on the difficulties that come with sharing our faith. I totally agree.

    Recommended reading: UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity...and Why It Matters.

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  2. it's the 'sin bit' that i can't stomach, really, because the 'having been saved bit' almost always comes off self-righteous ... maybe the 'witness bit' is more about people like me witnessing how christians live their lives than it is about christians trying to tell me how to live mine? a point you make very well here

    i do enjoy reading your musings from time to time

    >:r

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  3. this is really great, I always find it hard

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