Saturday, August 25, 2007

How Did Jesus Do It?

How should we evangelize?

There is a meeting of the "World Council of Churches" going on in France this weekend. They are grappling with the question of when does Evangelizing cross the line and become wrong. A Reverend Hans Ucko suggests we not target children or vulnerable populations.

He accidentally gave himself away:

Ucko conceded that "This is a major problem, not only with Christianity, but with Islam." So what do you do about it? "We may have to reconsider today...whether these theologies, which originated in times when we did not come across one another, whether these are theologies that are really what we believe."

Think about that! Is this Christian Theology what we believe? The words of Jesus Himself?

Targeting vulnerable populations? Jesus went straight to the vulnerable populations. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, forgave and reclaimed the lost, brought love to the unlovable and hope to the hopeless. After He met their needs He often preached to them. The vulnerable populations are the populations that not only are most open to Christianity, but are also the ones who need it the worst. This Reverend Ucko feels that we should not preach to those whose needs are the greatest.

How very different from Jesus, the Apostles, and the Hebrew Prophets, all of whom preached to whoever needed to hear it.

If a person clearly does not want to hear the Gospel, then simple courtesy is to go elsewhere, but the only people we should not be preaching to are those who think they already know or have made it clear that they have no desire to know.

I don't mind interfaith discussions and dialog, but in the end two contradictory statements and two contradictory religions can't both be right. Tolerance means we do not kill each other or destroy each other's property or places of worship and do not interfere with their worship services. It does not mean that we pretend to believe that they are right in their own way. But inter religious conflict should be settled by debate and good deeds, not murder and destruction.

Believing they are wrong does not mean we dislike them as people or that we hate them. It simply means we believe they are wrong.

10 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

The World Council of Churches is a disgrace. Your points are all very well taken, Shoprat.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Now see, you're wrong; "tolerance" in Fornicalia means (and DEMANDS) not only acceptance but embracing and actively endorsing.

There is SUCH a clear and distinct difference between Christianity and Islam -- only the mental mutants cannot discern the difference.

BZ

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Seth said...

They need to consider the difference: Christianity, like Judaism, promotes love of G-d, whereas Islam teaches mandatory submission to Him (or at least to "Allah").

Christianity invites converts, whereas Islam demands them, all too often on pain of death.

The very idea of Christianity and Islam working together is, as BZ so aptly comments, the product of mental mutants.

Benevolence and malevolence have little, if anything, in common.

3:13 AM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

I believe this Ucko guy's not too smart!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

LOL! I believe Donald's comment is an understatement. Ucko is almost as bright as a burned-out 15 Watt lightbulb.

Shoprat, you're right. Jesus preached to anyone who would listen to Him. He knew who He was and what message the world needed. Those who refused to listen didn't have to. Unfortunately, those who refused to listen killed Him but fortunately for them He pleaded for their forgiveness. What a difference from the Islamofascist madness! Can you even imagine pleading for the forgiveness of those who are murdering you? I can't! I have a long way to go.

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

PCism and religion don't mix, do they?

9:22 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

Our pastor had a wonderful sermon about SERVICE yesterday. He actually washed his little daughter's feet. As he did, he talked to her the way he believed Jesus did his disciples at the last supper.

Service is how we should evangelize.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

When I was applying to seminary, I had a long talk with the dean of one institution.

He told me that as an institution, the church in America shot itself in the foot in the 1960s. To provide draft deferments, many seminaries threw their doors open to anyone - atheists or other beliefs included. Churches, by and large, didn't support the Vietnam War.

By the late 1980s and early 1990s, the atheist preachers became bishops in many denominations.

And the downfall continues, only worldwide, as Rev. Ucko proves.

I Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

9:31 PM  
Blogger benning said...

The World Council of Churches, as well as the National Council of Churches, are aligned with Socialism and have nothing relevant to do with Christianity. I would not be a part of any denomination that is a part of either organization.

1:28 PM  
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