I’ve seen the following quote on at least four different blogs. It’s been used to support the Christian authors’ claim that we shouldn’t witness to people; we should just show them love.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling Jesus or Buddha or civil rights or ‘How to Make Money in Real Estate with No Money Down.’ That doesn’t make you a human being; it makes you a marketing rep. If you want to talk to somebody honestly, as a human being, ask him about his kids. Find out what his dreams are – just to find out, for no other reason. Because as soon as you lay your hands on a conversation to steer it, it’s not a conversation anymore; it’s a pitch. And you’re not a human being; you’re a marketing rep.
This was spoken in an R rated movie (The Big Kahuna) by Danny DeVito. He’s playing a salesman who was discouraging a Baptist character from witnessing.
I’m not surprised that someone in Hollywood doesn’t look highly on evangelism. The question I have is: Why would any Christian quote Danny DeVito, and use it as a justification to not witness?
Contrast that quote with this one: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14).
How can someone get saved without understanding the gospel? Who is going to explain it to them? (If your answer is not me, that’s called disobedience.)
Let’s say you go to a doctor and he finds out you have a life-threatening illness. If he chooses not to tell you, he would do no good. You would never take the next step—receiving treatment—in order to be healed.
Like a good doctor, we need to share the gospel in a kind and compassionate manner. And like a good doctor, we need to explain it to others in a clear, straight-forward manner. This isn’t always as fun as talking about someone’s family or hopes and dreams. But it’s critical—and we’re commanded to do it.