Willing to be Weird

Are you willing to be labeled “weird” for speaking the gospel truth? Are you willing to be hated for it? Today I discovered Randy Alcorn’s blog through this post, Are You Willing to be Hated for Speaking the Gospel Truth? This article is full of truth and wonderful encouragement for any ambassador of Christ who has been hated or maligned for the sake of the gospel. I appreciate his also reminding us that there are people out there who do want to hear you share the gospel with them. Here are a few snips from Alcorn’s article:

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“But at some point the greatest kindness we can offer them, coming out of a life of humility and faithfulness to Christ, is the good news about Jesus. (That good news actually involves some very bad news about human sinfulness, which is what makes the cross an offense, meaning that it ticks people off)…

Some modern concepts of evangelism are little more than being nice to your neighbor and loaning him your hedge clipper and hoping that somehow he will come to Christ without you actually having to say the WORDS of the gospel which would run the risk of him thinking you’re weird. Our good example is important, but it’s not sufficient. There are actual truths that must be grappled with in surrendering to Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-6). And these truths are expressed in words…

Sometimes we assume the moral high ground by rolling our eyes at those street preachers, congratulating ourselves that we aren’t like that. Street preaching’s not my thing, but I can give you names of people who have come to Christ through street preaching. It’s more of a stretch to name those who’ve come to Christ through Christians who think it’s not cool to tell people the biblical truth that they need to repent of their sins…

There is nothing new or postmodern about the gospel turning some people off. That’s always been true, just as it’s always been true that some people are longing to hear it and will deeply appreciate it that you had enough courage to tell them about Jesus.”

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6 thoughts on “Willing to be Weird

  1. Hey Dave! Awesome! Adding you to the blogroll and looking forward to reading… God bless you as you serve Him through your writing, and in all you do.

    Talk to you soon…

    your sister,
    Loretta

  2. The gospel rings as true today as 2000 years ago…

    I do like Pauls approach to evangelizing… appealing to the people he speaks to… as he entered a city full of idols he commended the townspeople for the great faithfulness…. but… here… Paul knew who this other God was.. the God that was left for everything was not covered by a name…. and Christ had made his door into the hearts of men who normally would have rejected Him!!

    I’ve seen people turn with long lasting and steadfast faith when the approach is shown in everyday living and conversations. we are all called to evangelize in different ways, but, none the less, called in the great commission… being true to our own gifts is what will soften the hearts of the many to true conversion that follows through to eternity.

    Thank you do much for blogging this, I pray many will take into their hearts your words!!! blessings!! Cindy

  3. Cindy, amen to all you say. I guess Paul’s approach was at times confrontational “hard preaching” and at other times a dialogue of intellectual “apologetics”… while it seems that Jesus’ approach was typically “God’s Law, holiness and righteousness” to the proud, and “merciful grace of forgiveness” to the humble.

    Yes, there are many different approaches to evangelizing….God will help us and guide us by His Spirit as to what we should say to each person. He is faithful !!

  4. Pingback: Street Preaching and “Church in the Park” « who am i?

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