Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yet more thoughts on Evangelizing

Ok there are a couple more things that I have to say on the subject.

The first is that after watching this video a number of times now, mostly to try and figure out how people were conflating it with what it is exactly against, I feel pretty safe in stating that the primary target for Evangelizing in the video are actually other Christians. There are a lot of people who look to follow Christ but cannot find their way out of the loud and noise mess that is fundamentalism. They want a Christianity that does not rely upon the bible being inerrant, and they want a Christianity that is inclusive and loving of their neighbors who walk different paths. These folks are the main target for Episcopal and Progressive Christian evangelizing. After them would come people who are nominally Christian but not really practicing. If you meet someone who is having tough issues and they celebrate Christmas and Easter, but do little else ( a Chreaster), is it really so wrong to offer up the idea that prayer and contemplation of the faith that they nominally belong to might be helpful?

Lastly, I wanted to point out that by synchronicity or dare I suggest the working of the Holy Spirit, there is an article today in the Huffington Post about Progressive Christianity.

1 comment:

Lavanah said...

I agree, the point of the video was not reaching out to non-Christians, which is why in my response, to your response to Christopher, I said "go for it." I don't believe that any of my comments were off the wall or showing hate for Christianity or Christians, either. But if religion (any religion) is of greater and deeper importance than a multi level marketing plan, then having a tenet or requirement to share creates a sense of coercion. "You" as the sharer or even "Me" as the sharee might not feel that coercion, but the intent is written right into that requirement. It has nothing to do with subtlety of technique