Every evangelism encounter is different. Yesterday I walked up to an elderly man and woman sitting in their car waiting for the bowling centre to open. I talked with them in as natural a way as possible through the car window. The lady did something I have never encountered before – she bawled her eyes out as she recounted how unfair God has been to wards her. Her lament over all her injustices lasted for about 10 minutes. I did my best to empathise but also kindly show her, between sobs, that both she and I were not good people either.
She was a Church attendee but had a very poor understanding of the Gospel in answer to some basic questions. Her tears were not tears of repentance but tears of rage against God in that He had not fixed her problems in answer to her long prayers. It was sort of pastoral/evangelism – I don’t envy the job of a pastor who has Christians with all sorts of ideas and they have to somehow guide them to the truth. Any suggestions from pastoral folk about this sort of thing are welcome!