Tuesday, March 20, 2007
What do you think?
I have mixed feelings about this show and the method they use. I have been involved in street ministry as presented here. I have done one on one, group proclamation, carrying a cross on a street corner, hand out tracts, surveys, door to door and a few other expressions of modern evangelism. I have seen some amazing moments take place, souls touched, and seeds planted. I have had other less enjoyable moments too...a knife pulled, spat on, bibles torn in front of me in front of a Marilyn Manson concert, cussed out & chewed out and most often just flat out ignored. I have also felt the rush that this type of sharing faith can bring and I have also felt the tinge of pride that can ride in on the brave act of cutting edge proclaiming. You almost start living for the confrontation or the adrenaline of the hunt. I am not sure how to quite put it but it can be slightly addicting on some levels.
I have grown uneasy with the "battle" motif that is often used in promoting this kind of evangelism. The fight, the confrontation, the wrestling all appeal often to a certain personality that can do more harm than good. I have seen God use it, often but I also have seen God dishonored in extremely rude ways. The whole "GOD HATES FAGS" group being the height of that error....the chopped up babies on huge signs in front of abortions centers is also painfully vivid in my memory.
There is defiantly a draw to the whole "prophet proclaiming" edge to this kind of ministry and it can stir up a host of devils, snakes and scorpions for sure! I remember in Portland OR a certain street preacher getting a crowd and women pulling off their tops and a man dancing around the preacher butt naked in opposition.
What do you think?
Are we chicken to not be doing more of this kind of ministry on our streets? Should you be going door to door in your neighborhood? Should we stand at street corners and hold up signs? How about grabbing a bullhorn and start talking at people at intersections? Should you...or more importantly, will you?
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect" (NIV). -1 Peter 3:9