Spent a few hours this Saturday morning doing some walk up evangelism at the Launceston Show (US eq. = county fair). Talked to a grumpy guy in a BMW, an ex-Mormon, a Wiccan, various stall holders and a Muslim. I’ll just share a couple of stories:
I don’t recommend car park evangelism (actually I do, but the last two times have been a bit ugly for me). Today, while waiting in a car park I noticed a guy drop off his son and then drive over nearby. I walked over, he was very suspicious and defensive/negative in his tone. He had a rant about aberrant evangelical sects and splinter groups and the mindless masses following tele-evangelists that he sees on TV every second night.
I asked him his opinion of the bible (as a way to change his focus from Church on to the central issue of the gospel.) He instantly jumped on me for changing the topic to the bible. He did not want to talk to me and got in his car and drove off. I could not get a question in edge ways. His final words as he closed his door were, ” of course I am a Christian, what do you think I am, a heathen?”
It did get me thinking; I need to make my initial questions focus the hearer to reveal what they think of/know about Christ and the gospel . Good questions would be:
- What do you think of Jesus Christ?
- Have you heard about the good news of the gospel?
- What do you know about the bible?
- How does someone get to heaven?
The Muslim guy was very difficult to convince of his need for Christ. He believed that God would forgive if we repent of sin. I asked him how it was possible for God to have mercy, but he believed that God was able to just forgive. He would not answer my question if he was a good person – He thought that good and bad, sin, etc. was outdated. What was required was that we respect God. He felt that we had to all be our own messiah.
I gave out a few tracts here and there and it was nice to have them thankfully received – I guess it was part of the show/carnival atmosphere.
Overall it was a difficult morning but I am confident that God can use even my most clunky efforts at evangelism in Him calling His sheep to the fold.