Evangelism: Today's Christian Curse Word

Most of us cringe at the word evangelism. Christians I talk to are creeped out by it, uncomfortable, and want to run as far away from “witnessing” as possible. Evangelism, witnessing, and sharing the gospel has a horrible image. As my mom said to me the other day, “it seems that evangelists always need to go find people. Why?” Evangelists and evangelism strike fear in people’s hearts. It has the connotation for being pushy, agenda-driven, careless with humanity, and furthermore, slick and salesman-like – INAUTHENTIC. Yeah, that is the word we were looking for. Maybe forced, showy, and aggressive. Evangelism therefore is a curse word and we want nothing to do with it. So my question to you as a Christian is this: Are you going to perpetuate, ignore, or change that image? As a Christian, you have to pick one. PERPETUATE Keep not paying attention to people’s feelings…

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