From time-to-time, a Christian brother will set me straight about our methods of evangelism.
The following email is a response to my story about the Sarah Palin evangelistic effort a couple of weeks ago:
Have you ever considered that “an angry mob that hates Christians” coincidentally materializes every time you go out to seek “persecution”? Maybe they don’t “hate Christians” so much as rudeness and that being rude enough to attract “hate” is what your StoneThePreacher gig is all about (like standing up and “preaching” in the middle of the DMV)?As the Canadian Mountie said to Sean Connery in “The Untouchables”: “I cannot approve of your methods, sir.” I guess I don’t regard the promise of persecution to be fulfilled when we go out of our way to provoke it for it’s own sake, which is what your various stories often seem to me to consist of. If one stands up in a restaurant (or the DMV, or a sporting event, or a wedding, or what have you) and starts “preaching” and gets thrown out or insulted, I’d say that one had it coming.
Below, see two articles I wrote dealing with people who don’t understand what we do as Biblical evangelists.
The first article is a response to many people (including a Pastor), who have taken issue with my “in your face” style; this was pre-Ray Comfort and before I used The Law! It’s called “Defending the Gospel.”
The second article is about those who don’t understand why we use the 10 Commandments in a Gospel presentation, and how to respond to our brothers and sisters in a loving way. It’s called “Loving Lawless Lovers of the Lord.”