A few people pointed out, after my last post, that we don’t want to get in people’s faces.
That is absolutely correct!
St. Augustine once said (although the saying has been credited to several people, such as St. Francis of Assissi, most people agree that Augustine said it) “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”
This is so true! Not everyone is going to walk up to you and want to know the 101 specifics on Christianity. Most people will glean what they know of Christianity from how you live. Therefore, you have a responsibility to live rightly and in a godly fashion. People get turned off by 1.) the ‘intimidation’ witnessing (If you’re not a Christian, you’re goin’ down, dude!) 2.) the ‘in-your-face’ witnessing (Herehaveaboxoftractsherestheaddresstomychurchandmyphonnumbercallmereadyourbibleeverydayandpraypraypray!!!!)
You’re supposed to be Zealous. Paul says in Galations 4: 18, “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.” Enthusiasm is a GOOD thing! Just make sure to rein it in – you don’t want to scare people off. You’re a Christian, not a threat!
But before I go, a few words on “Enthusiasm”…