Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Great Christian Agenda (aka Evangelism)

The following are some rather non-conventional thoughts on "evangelism" and should not be taken as a specific attack on any one person, group, or institution.  Any traces of rage you might pick up on have to do with anger at the Liar and no precious Son or Daughter of Zion.

This living in a subdivision has been quite an interesting experience for me, since I haven't really ever had to deal with door-to-door sales people.  It happens quite frequently around here.

To be honest, I despise door-to-door sales.  That being said, I have never had someone interrupt me at supper time with a product that I am actually in the market for.  I am slightly less opposed to those who just leave a friendly and impressive pamphlet of some kind, and from time to time will actually read it.

I have had J.W.'s and other folk trying to sell everything from vacuum cleaners to salvation.  Unfortunately I, and I believe pretty much everyone I know, hate to be interrupted by someone trying to "sell" me anything.  I feel it is disrespectful and rarely do I have any notion that it has anything to do with my well-being.

Let's face it, the purpose of door-to-door sales is to try to better oneself or one's product (the salesperson's) and has little to do with what's good for the interrupted home-dweller.  Even those selling religion are in it for themselves, to feel as though they have "evangelized" or done their part in "spreading the good news".

I lived for YEARS under this lie that I was failing Him because I was not "winning" people to the Lord.  I would try to imagine friends burning in hell to try to muster up compassion and a drive to evangelize them. 

I am RELIEVED to be finally rid of this SATANIC BURDEN.  I do not believe this or anything else is up to me.  HE shepherds His church, He draws us unto Himself, He orchestrates the events of our lives, and works within our freedom of choice to bring about the best possible turn of events within our choices.

He is at work in the lives of my neighbours and that it would be UNJUST for their eternal lives to be dependent upon ME!!  He invites me, all the time, to participate with Him in what HE is already doing in their lives.  But it is an invitation.  And invitation to join in with Him and experience life the way I was created to experience it, living in Him, having Him flow through me.

All of this is to say that I do not believe in door-to-door evangelism.  I think it is Satanic and unfruitful.  What I believe in is surrender.  Surrender to Him in all and through all.  And I believe that what He is speaking about is relationship.  If we have to use the word "evangelism" than so be it.  Relationship evangelism.  Prophetic evangelism.  For the love of God, if we can't even hear from Him before going to approach someone with a sales brochure for our church group, we have NO BUSINESS approaching them at all!

I don't think anyone should bring a flyer or a Bible or a neon pink brochure to their neighbours.  I think they should PRAY and maybe bring them some cookies.  Maybe help them shovel their driveway.  Ask Papa for prophetic insight and speak, if He asks.  Maybe it will be something simple like, "everything's going to be okay."  Enough with the AGENDA.  The world can smell it coming and they DESPISE it.

We live in a generation who is done with being lied to and manipulated.  We live in a generation who would rather risk hell than serve a God who would send a good person there.  That is the reality of our day.  FEAR DOESN'T WORK TO SCARE PEOPLE INTO CHURCH ANYMORE.  The only answer is love.  That has always been the only answer.  When His heartbeat resonates in our ears; when His love pulses in our veins; when the agenda is lost and we stop trying to perform for a father who doesn't exist and begin to really bask in the love that was given to us freely and live loved ~ that is when the world will watch us watching Him and wonder at what they see.