“Preach the Gospel always and if necessary use words.”
– quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
This is a common quote, an admonishment so often repeated that we’ve lost touch with the originator. I love the heart of its message, but I have to ask: Is it possible to truly preach the Gospel without words?
A friend recently posted this video on facebook. It presents two very different views of evangelism, and I find myself agreeing with both.
One side — the open-air preacher — insists that bringing people to Christ starts with telling them they’re lost and dying. The other side — the woman who confronts him — says that fire and brimstone only make people angry and that evangelism is most effective when seen in our lives.
But there’s more in the video. Take a look and let me know what you think. It’s not too long, only about 6-1/2 minutes in total.
I have a number of thoughts on this; I’ll post some of them tomorrow. But first —
What do YOU think? Use the comments section to share what side you take and why.
Get the second part of this conversation here: Two Sides of Evangelism.