An interesting thread developed over at A Cup of Rich that mentioned Pagans, Wiccans, and Celtic Christianity.
I guess my point is that even with Pagans and Wiccans, if we go in with a “we’re right and you’re wrong” attitude, they’ll never receive Jesus. How about a different approach to evangelism:
“What can I learn from you that will help me become a better Christ-follower?”
A big part of this approach is to acknowledge that following Jesus can look different in different cultures. Being missional means being a missionary, and being a missionary means learning how to incarnate the kingdom of God into a particular culture.
Yes, there are things about pagan culture that the kingdom of God opposes and must work to tear down. …But this is true of any culture, including white middle-class conservative evangelicalism. By entering a different culture, a good missionary becomes aware of his own.
At this point, I have to thank one of the best managers I ever worked for, who happens to be a practicing pagan. As we became friends, we became more and more comfortable talking about spiritual things, and occasionally joke about the stereotypes we nervously imagined about each other. He has stretched my thinking; I hope I have stretched his. My great desire in our relationship is that he could look at me and say that being a Christ-follower is not an unreasonable thing for him to consider.
The first Christ-followers were Jews. When Gentiles began following Jesus, it caused all sorts of problems. There those who insisted that if you were going to follow Jesus, you had to become Jewish. …Could Acts 15 be a pivotal story for our own time?
(I found the image by doing a search for “paganism”. Interesting. When I saw it, I was reminded of Francis of Assisi, who sang of Brother Sun and Sister Moon giving praise to God.)