Pet Peeve with Christians

Monday is for Discussion

In those rare instances when Christians do actually share their faith, it is only with people who they have already deemed “safe.”

Christians in this generation are wimps.

But that’s just my opinion.

What do you think? and what are some solutions?


3 thoughts on “Pet Peeve with Christians

  1. I agree whole heartily! “Safe” seems to be the modus operandi of most evangelism.

    Solution? When believers have a genuine robust understanding of the gospel, their boldness is like that of a lion instead of a puppy. Fear of questions they cannot answer, or challenges they cannot push back on is a tripping point for most. Therefore, IMHO, sound doctrinal teaching “coupled” with a personal impetus of intimate fellowship with Christ equips believers to be free, fearless and active. A believer who understands and is “in” intimacy with Jesus, will have the knowledge of discussion to go onto the enemies turf, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit to empower them in strength, boldness and gentleness.

    Whereas “knowledge” without love will puff up with pride and make our sharing a detached barrage of information, love without knowledge (biblical) will bring confusion by means of offering worldly answers.

    I can only bow my knee and heart, and pray, “O Lord, help us equip your people.”

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  2. Terry – IMHO? Sorry, not familiar with the jargon.

    Marty! You are calling us wimps! LOL! I can not believe you said that! 🙂 Yes, the vast majority of us are wimps! Here are two contrasting real stories, an evaluation, and a limited solution. Now first, the two stories.

    1st. real life story: A guy stops me in the middle of a truck stop parking lot at 2am to proclaim the great deal he got on a big screen tv earlier in the day. He had been chewing on it all day and he just had to tell someone! He did not ask me if he could talk to me. We were going in opposite directions and he just started jabbering at me and I stopped to listen. He gave me a moment by moment play of how it all went down…I did not know his name and he did not know mine and I was suspicious at first …but I stood there and listened to it all for 15 – 30 minutes…and I listened because he had a good story to tell – he was passionate about what he was saying. He had a personal experience with an incredibly gratifying result and he had no choice but to talk about it.

    And to play the other end here is real life story #2 – another guy in a truck stop asks me how I’m doing and I say, ‘pretty good, how about you?’ and he says, ‘IIII’MMMM GREAAAAT!’ with a big forced smile. He was out of his comfort zone, and I think oh no, now I say ‘why?’ and he’s going to tell me about Jesus. So I say, ‘super,’ and move toward the cashier with my purchase. What he did wasn’t real, it was actually irritating. It was scripted. What he was trying to do was the right thing but he was doing it without any any power. His eyes told me I tripped him up when I said ‘super.’ He did not know what to do next. He was not buying anything, yet he followed me toward the cashier. And by and by, over 4 min or so, in yik yak conversation between him, me and the cashier, he joked to me within cashier ear shot about how the cashier ought to be one of his girlfriends (then quietly he says to me, ‘I don’t really have any other girlfriends, I just like to joke with her.’) As a side note there should be acknowledgement that I owed my Christian brother more than I gave him. I should have given him a T for trying. I should have gone along with his program and encouraged him and prayed with him right there for wisdom, passion, and power and that we both live our lives more passionately for Christ. Enough. So here is the difference between the stars of these stories.

    The difference between the stars in each story is their experience. For one the story is intimate, first hand, filled with a degree of moment by moment drama and an end result which went far beyond what the star could have imagined. He did not have to be trained to talk about it. He could not help it! The other star had some head knowledge, and a little faith that some of his head knowledge was true. But he just had fire insurance (heaven bound). He had not had an experience that set him on fire, an experience that he wanted to jabber to the world! Most of us are like the star with fire insurance. We have covered our own rear ends but we have not had experiences that cause us to burn brightly in the darkness around us. We have not exposed ourselves to experiences that cause us to shout from the rooftops about Jesus Christ our Lord. And here is another thing.

    Another issue is that we do not really believe most of the people around us are going to an eternal death in hell. If I really believed that, I would take what little Light I have to my world with prayer and tears and action, without regard for what others would think of me after I have proclaimed Christ crucified and risen from the dead in order to bring Salvation to a lost and dying world, to those who would believe upon His name. So what do we do?

    Solutions;
    If a congregant witnessed from the 3rd row his pastor getting shot while preaching from the pulpit do we think he would be asking people how to proclaim the story? No. He has a story to tell and would likely have no problem telling it after getting past the shock. The reason most of us do not proclaim is because we do not have a story. How do we encourage situations (is that a good phrase?) where we are, in essence, backed up against the Red Sea with an army marching toward us and we have no place to go? Where we either die or have a story to tell. How do we encourage situations that would be similar to David walking away from King Saul’s armor and opting for a sling and a small handful of stones as he calls out Goliath for what he has done? We either die, or have a story to tell. OK, extreme.

    Use your 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base strategy (did not appreciate it 10 years ago. Do now) to help people create their own stories. Mentor and coach people forward. Monitor mentor relationships and stir up stagnate ones. Try to lasso the wanderers and call them to commitment to growth, commitment to a story that has yet to be written. Let them get committed, or get mad and run away. Nobody sits on the fence(oh but they do give offerings! Ouch! Lol …not in a position to address that, lol!) And similar to what Terry said, we need to bend the knee, bow the heart, and pray for each other, that we would set our eyes toward Christ and be bold proclaimers!

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