Sharing Jesus in a Post Christian Culture

Sharing Jesus in a Post Christian Culture

Sharing Jesus in a Post Christian Culture 150 150 Andrew Hicks

I recently did a video conversation with my buddy Wesley Hargon. We had a good time. We were discussing an article from Richard Beck’s blog entitled, “Desire and Evangelism.”

Why do this video? I mean I am not really one who tends to do “evangelism.” At least not in the ways I was raised to believe one does evangelism.

I was raised with the idea that you go door to door and knock and invite people to have a Bible study (i.e. an argument where we shamelessly throw Bible verses at them until they convert to Church of Christ). It was our version of a popular technique for evangelism where we try to scare the hell out of people in order to scare them out of Hell. Ironically, this method starts with the bad news and then works our way to the good news. We begin by making people feel awful about how depraved they are and then offer Jesus as the way to not feel guilty anymore and receive a “get out of Hell free” card.

This is cynical. The people who taught me this are very genuine and well meaning, but I think they are wrong. I think they are wrong because I saw first hand the effects it had on people. I felt first hand the effects it had on me. I remember sitting in a pew and literally shaking with fear. That is not a healthy way of doing evangelism.

I also realized early on that this was not sustainable. How could it be? To maintain this level of “sanctity” one has to continually be made to feel uncontrollably guilty and then have Jesus offered as the solution again and again. Honestly, it was kind of addicting. It feels good to accept Jesus and feel the guilt released. But that’s exactly the problem. If God is so angry and so prone to send me to Hell and I am so sinful then we will just have to do this little routine every so often. And we did.

This merry go round approach to faith is no longer in favor. Thank God. But now what do we do to bring people to faith? I still think people need to come to faith. Faith is helpful. I actually think it is the best possible way to cope with the difficulties of reality. That is what this conversation between me and Wes is all about. Check it out:

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