There are a lot of different ways to share the gospel. Every believer who shares his or her faith each has their different style. Most of us have a different style depending on who we are talking to or the specific situation we find ourself in. I share the gospel differently in a one on one conversation than I do when I am preaching from a pulpit. You would likely share differently with someone you know personally than you would with a stranger. Differences in sharing the gospel are valid and should be celebrated. There are many great ways to share the gospel but there are also some poor ways. Here are a few that I have seen.
Most of my readers have watched Seinfeld (I won’t tell) at least once. One of the colorful characters in the show was a man known as the Soup Nazi. When ordering soup from his restaurant, Jerry and the gang had to be very particular in how they walked, talked and paid for their lunch. If they made one mistake the soup was jerked from their hand and with a menacing growl the Soup Nazi would spout “No soup for you!”.
Some believers have become Hope Nazi’s. When dealing with an unbelieving world these believers focus on the negative and lack grace.
“Oh, you are gay, a democrat, have had an abortion, wear stripes with plaid…? You are going to hell! No hope for you!”
I think the people I have met that are jerking hope from the reach of the fallen world would do well to remember that you get more flies with honey.
I absolutely believe that sin must be confronted and that stripes and plaid are not equally yoked, but rather than focusing on hell lets offer them what Jesus offered them… hope!
I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t want a better life. Jesus offers a life more abundant and full than we can ever imagine (John 10:10). That is what we should lead with.
People are already inclined to think negatively about themselves. Most are trying to fill a void in their life with something… anything that will bring them even temporary happiness. Show them the Hope and the Joy they have been searching for. Show them Jesus!
You know the type. These are the people who think they are making a positive impact on a lost world by chewing out the sales clerk who says “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas”. Or they have attack ads posted on the bumper of their SUV.
The GuiIttrip’s probably couldn’t tell you what they were for, but they can tell you in an 1000 words in the “Readers Voice” section of the newspaper what they are against.
Who would want a God that causes his people to act in such a way?
Lil’ Miss is self righteous. She has her life together. She makes wise decisions. She home schools her kids. Lil’ Miss won’t even admit that her bodily functions have an oder to them! She does everything right! She is like Jesus Jr, and guess what… your not!
This is probably where most of us battle with ourselves. Sometimes when we have been Christ followers for a while we forget what we were like prior to His grace flooding our lives.
Let’s all take a step back and remember.
Have you ran into any of these people lately? Is one of them looking back at you in the mirror each morning? Did I miss one that you would like to mention? Share in the comment section!