Years ago, I decided to stop evangelizing my friends. Here are 14 reasons you might consider doing the same:
- It makes them uncomfortable.
- It makes you uncomfortable.
- It makes you think about how to twist every conversation to Jesus rather than seeing how Jesus is already there.
- It makes you believe you’re bringing God to them, rather than seeing how the Holy Spirit has already been active in their lives.
- It pressures you into showing an unrelatable happy, plastic face rather than letting God’s grace shine through your struggles.
- It makes you focus on talking rather than listening.
- It leads you to answer questions they aren’t asking.
- It makes you think about what to say rather than how to love.
- It makes you think faith is a list of statements rather than a different way of living.
- It puts you into the role of “teacher,” causing you to miss things your friends can teach you.
- It makes them see you as a religious salesman rather than an apprentice of the Master.
- It hurts your friendship.
- It robs you of a good time.
- It makes you think their lack of interest in your evangelism means they are not interested in Jesus or spiritual questions.
What do you think — do you agree/disagree? What other reasons can you think of?
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More about my approach to evangelism:
- This I Used to Believe series about good and bad evangelism in This American Life
- A Different Approach to Evangelism
- A pagan, a heathen and a Christ-follower: A conversation between three people
- Stop inviting friends to church (and its counterpart Keep inviting friends to church)
Reactions to “14 Reasons”:
- Last Words Radio vs. Jon Reid: A radio critique of this article
- Ambassador’s Alliance Radio vs. Jon Reid: Another radio critique!