Grady (at “missional space“) has written a very good article called “Modern Evangelism is unfair to those who hear“. Grady is a missionary, so he’s not speaking from a theoretical perspective. He suggests that modern evangelism methods are “unfair” for several reasons:
- They donâ€™t know us
- They feel like projects
- They feel like weâ€™re only after the conversion
- They never get a chance to see what we profess
- We speak out of Christian context into Secular context
Grady explains each of these “reasons” in detail in his post. Here is his explanation for the second reason:
They feel like projects
When I first became a believer I attended a Sunday school class where the â€œcoolâ€ Godly guys had hit lists of the ten guys they each wanted to convert. Wow, how would you like to find out that you were on someoneâ€™s listâ€¦.nothing more than a projectâ€¦nothing more than a pipeline. We fail to see the reality that they are much more than a potential client that needs our serviceâ€¦that instead they are a person who needs a friend that can help them make sense of this life and live with them. We usually prefer the â€œprojectâ€ mode because we share, run back to campus and either brag on their conversion or blame Satan for their hardened heart.
I see a common thread that runs through Grady’s reasons. Grady wants to see believers living and sharing the gospel as part of their everyday, ordinary lives, not as a separate sacred program. He wants to see believers befriending and caring for people. He wants to see believers demonstrating the gospel as much as they proclaim the gospel.
What do you think about Grady’s reasons for modern evangelism being unfair?