Let’s say you’ve worked up the nerve to go out witnessing. You’ve chosen to overcome your fear of men in favor of being obedient to God and the Great Commission. You walk up to a stranger and start a friendly conversation. After a few minutes you turn the conversation toward spiritual topics, the gospel and the Bible. You’re soon relieved to find out that the person with whom you’re talking is already a Christian, and you’re happy that you have the privilege of meeting a brother or sister in Christ.
But things are about to turn ugly. This person doesn’t care for your methods at all and is more than happy to tell you how you’re all wrong.
Most Christians I’ve started to witness to say they think that I shouldn’t be hitting people over the head with the Bible. (Christians have even said this in the comments of this blog, and I’ve always wondered which Bible verse is too offensive to be quoted.) They go on to say that my method (explaining the gospel to people) is judgmental, and that they would much prefer to witness through their actions, or pray for people to get saved, or invite people to church.
If you’re not in the habit of sharing the gospel for one reason or another, and a Christian has the unmitigated gall to witness to you, please keep in mind that no one can tell that you’re a Christian just by looking at you. Also keep in mind that they would appreciate encouragement and prayer rather than discouragement. Maybe you should thank God that a Christian is out witnessing rather than a Jehovah’s Witness or a dedicated member of another cult.
Thank God the apostles didn’t just witness through their actions, merely pray for people, or simply invite a friend or two to church. They went out on the streets and preached, and they turned the world upside down.