The other day my wife and I were walking downtown in preparation for a movie that we were planning on seeing. As I looked down the sidewalk, I noticed a cross that stood about 4 feet high and immediately I thought, “I need to cross the street”. I knew if we didn’t we would be hounded with people handing out tracts (little cards with bible stuff on them). We continued walking and as we approached this group of people, we were stopped and they gave us one of these cards. To be honest, I didn’t want to take it. I felt like I was back in the 80’s (not that I really remember much). I found it very hard to take one of these tracts even when I am a Christian. I started thinking about how a person who isn’t a Christian would feel if they were approached by the same group of people telling them that they need to be saved and that they are going to hell. In a way, it is a form of communication for some people, but for most people it will push them away more. It will etch into their brains a view of Christians that says that we are crazy or weird, but in a negative sense. I remember seeing a Rob Bell video call bullhorn, and in it he talked about a guy who stands on the street corner with one of those megaphones telling people they need to repent or their going to hell. At the end of this video Rob Bell is asking for this guy and everyone else to stop, because it is only doing harm. I Agree.
What is the difference between the two? In my opinion, nothing. I think in our communities their needs to be a better way than to tell people they need to be saved or their going to hell than this.
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