Monday, January 28, 2008
In the past few days, I have been in a few conversations with individuals on a blog and the discussion is based on fighting the good fight and evangelism.
We disagree on the process.
To me, there are at least three different kinds of Christian witness. They are the following:
Testimony is where we have the opportunity and take the opportunity to share with them the "good news". I am going to do this in a very simple term and that would be the following: pointing to Jesus as the author of our faith and the Lord of our life. I am not going to argue what key words need to be in the testimony.
Dialogue is where we honestly, openingly and respectfully engage with that individual and we hear each others stories and we do this in the effort that we might both understand each others traditions and background more thoroughly. I know that there are a lot of people that are uncomfortable with this because they are only concerned with their way.
Hospitality is where we share with one another and we do this through an act of grace. I believe that hospitality can be one of the most effective forms of witness. This is a witness that can build bridges; no matter how big the gap is between us.
Later on, we will take a look at the bullhorn approach.