Sometimes being mad pissed is enough motivation for a post.
Right now, I am mad pissed. OK well I admit I am a lil less pissed than I was like an hour ago. Thank God for the meal of rice, plantain and gizzard courtesy my Sapphire’s kitchen… Ah I could marry Eniola sha…
OK now what got me pissed?
My business with the Island was up today so right after I left the Local Government, I called a cab to get me away from my temporary Lekki residence to my Sapphire’s place where I will be till I check out. The cab man was OK. I sat in front and he had this rather loud Christian music playing from his phone. I wasn’t quite feeling the songs so I whipped out my headphones and got me on some Eben groove and I was pretty tired so I was drifting in and outta sleep.
We got to the estate and dude gives me a not too friendly jab. I gave him a near evil eye especially as he hadn’t gotten to the place yet. Anyways, he motioned for me to get my ear piece off and I obliged to hear what he had to say. Lemme present this conversation style…
Him: Are you a Christian?
Me: Yes ( I love when people try to evangelize so I kinda loosened up a bit)
Him: Are you sure?
Me: (eye brows raised ever so slightly) Yeeeeeeesssssssss
Him: What church do you attend?
Me: David’s Christian Centre
Him: OK. Jesus is coming soon… Jesus is coming soon…. Jesus is coming soon… *with increasing tempo and in a rather eerie voice* Be careful!!! Be careful!!! BE VERY CAREFUL!!! Look at this… (And then proceeds to show me something on his phone)
Me: (interrupts him, ignores whatever he wanted to show me on his phone and speaks with a VERY stern voice) Look, this is NOT how to evangelize!!! The gospel we preach is one of love and not of fear.
Tell people how much Jesus loves them and totally wants only the very best for them if only they would port to His camp and not try to scare them with our message. You certainly would not be winning souls this way. Preach love not fear. Don’t scare people away from the kingdom… Which one is ‘…Be careful…’ and attempting to show me some stupid video.
Him: Noooo ooooo. You have to put FEAR in people ooo so that they know hell is real and then they would give their lives to Christ. (And he went on and on and on…)
Now I am not sure I made a right or wrong decision with this but with the way dude was going on and on, he was spoiling for an argument and frankly I was too tired and pissed for that so I got out my bags, paid him and walked away.
Then I came in and called my hubby to fume. Then I called two others. I mean, is this what we wanna reduce our gospel to? That of fear… Ugh!!!
OK going forward…
This is my take on evangelism. If you are going to preach Christ, the message has to be one of LOVE and reconciliation. Beyond what you say, show people God’s love. Treat people right. Live like an Ambassador of His kingdom wherever you find yourself. People should see Christ (Love) oozing so much out of you that they are drawn to you cos they also want what you have.
This tin no hard ooo. E no hard at all.
We can’t be scaring people out of this kingdom ooo.
Can we who call ourselves Christians ditch our halos and be a lil more like Jesus. The One who loved and preached to Sinners not condemning them.
Can we shine our ‘little light’ a bit more brighter? Or even make the ‘little light of ours’ BIGGER?
Going forward… Still Testifying