To me it is an almost overwhelming question. But it is a question someone asked on the Christian forum I am a member. He wants to start evangelizing and was looking for different opinions and styles.
The background he gave on his imaginary person was a severely depressed young male, who lost his job, doesn’t have a girlfriend, and basically life is on a downhill run. The young male does not believe in God and is so desperate that he is contemplating suicide.
Have you ever been to that point in your life? I have and I was not an atheist either. The weight of this world can be a smashing you into the ground kind of feelings for some. You have no strength left, breathing is a chore and even moving your body is excruciating. That must have been how Job felt sitting in those ashes covered in sores!
Naturally, I have strong opinions about bringing people to devote their lives to Jesus Christ. I believe they have to see Christ in you first, before they can find Christ within themselves. Which translates into prayer and relationship to me! I don’t believe you can meet someone, talk to them about Jesus Christ, and then give them the magic words to become a Christian. It takes more than talk and that is why they say “talk is cheap!”
My thoughts on the atheist young man are I would first get to know him and offer to help. But there are so many intricate threads to this situation. He may need mental or even physical help. So I am back to prayer and relationship. Prayer for God to direct me in what to do and relationship of getting to know him and actually providing the help that is required.
Another suggestion would be once he does accept God into his life, don’t leave. A new Christian needs guidance on where to start in the bible, study help, and more importantly prayer! As you can see, I take evangelism seriously and I see the responsibility part which most street corner Preachers leave out.
What about you? What would you do? Do you see yourself as being an evangelist? Leave your own suggestions if you want to do so. Different perspectives can be extremely helpful!
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