Ministry has become daily contact with bloody everybody. Today Mormons, Orthodox, Dutch Reformed. Yesterday Muslim, atheist, Roman Catholic. Week in and week out I have routine contact with all sorts. Most everybody is trying to get along. You never know who is hurting worst, and who is trying hardest to hurt. Evangelizing is massively difficult. With a little effort marvelous things can be done.
Doug taught me to pray FOR people. Most of my prayers were to sort them out. Now I realize that the Good News is still: The Coming of the Kingdom of God.
It is not my cult’s special formulation of mixed metaphors. The Coming of the Kingdom of God is first described in the creation verses. In the “Lord’s Prayer” it is tete malkunah. That arrival of God’s creative impulse. Jesus came preaching the “coming of the kingdom of God.” Try it. Build something beautiful with everybody you meet. Don’t have to tell them “Jesus loves you.” Just love them.
Don’t fight them about their beliefs, memberships, actions, ideas. Just love them.
That is why nobody is good at evangelism. Everybody is trying to rewire everybody else.
Mitch said, “Greenville (NC) is just a large body of pain. Like a dog, it bites at itself. It rushes back and forth in huge cars trying to buy something that stops the pain. You can join them if you want. Or stand aside and watch.”
People are advertising their lethality, or virility, or wealth, or sensuality because they are scared to death of their mortality.
Rather than change their minds, try to ease the pain.
Even if you can’t walk well or speak well, sing well or teach well you can love well.