Evangelism and Awkward Questions

Guys! I’m back! I’ve been away from the blog for a while due to moving and stuff. So a brief update:

I finished uni! And… I’ve moved from Cardiff to Newport! Exciting times… during my few weeks away from blogging, I’ve been thinking about loads of stuff, so be prepared for a fresh burst of blogging!

Today’s thought is about evangelism. When you move somewhere, or get a new job, you are guaranteed to be meeting new people and making new friendships. This has been the case with me. I don’t know how many times I’ve had the “I’m a Christian” conversation, but I’ve had it lots of times.

This is great, but in my opinion, it should never stop there. I love asking questions. Especially ones which get to know a person’s spiritual side or their views on religion and specifically Christianity. But these conversations do need to come with a health warning. Sooner or later, you’re going to be asked the awkward question.

I was asked the awkward question about a week and a half ago…

So if you’re a Christian and you believe that Jesus had to die for us in order for us to be able to go to heaven, then what happens to people like me who don’t believe when they die?

Such a hard, tough and painfully blunt answer to an equally hard, tough and painfully blunt question.

What would your answer be to that question? Mine skirted around my opinion but rather focussed on what God offers and what God’s desire is for those who don’t know him.

Yet, was I being completely honest in giving the full blown, short, one sentence answer? Did I try to explain myself away rather than addressing the issue behind the question?

Evangelism can be difficult, especially when faced with these sorts of questions. How do you react to such conversations? Let me know!

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Sabina James

    I’ve only been asked that question once. My response was that you will live outside of God’s presence and grace and when they said what’s so hard about that? I said you have to understand how much ‘common’ grace God lavishes on the human race, even unbelievers – life, food, rain, oxygen, families, children, employment, joy, nature …

    Then imagine existence without any of that and no hope of rectifying the situation. Only a believer can completely comprehend what is lost without God, here and in eternity. Was it C S Lewis who said that God will grant  your wish to be free of Him.

    The truth being what it is, it is not easy to say it to an unbeliever, though.

    • Good thoughts Sabina. The truth is often very hard to speak!

  • Ah, someone else who’s just finished Uni. Congrats all around! I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one going back to the blog.

    I think you were right to focus on what God offers. I’m currently doing a  Bible study on the book of Wisdom and one of the things that struck me was, as adamant as the writer is on the nature of sin and the wages it demands, they also continually stress that this isn’t what God created us for. It isn’t what He wants at all.

    The fact of the matter is that sometimes you need to explain what you mean. It isn’t evasion to offer context if you are serious about helping someone to understand what you are trying to say (especially in light of this particular topic where people already expect a certain reply and are usually almost testing you to see if you have the guts to say it and/or are the judgemental/close-minded/etc person they always suspected you must be).

    At times I think it might depend on the nature of the unbelief (is it because it genuinely doesn’t make any sense – in which case can you be blamed for not having received the gift of faith? Is it because you’ve been abused and scarred by Christians? Or is it because you genuinely despise Christ?) and I can’t see into people’s hearts. Ultimately, whatever happens to you is due to Christ’s redemptive work – His death and resurrection – and how you react to it even if only on a subconscious level.  Hence why many who call him Lord won’t be saved, but those who believed and acted ont heir unbelief almost unknowingly will be amongst those in the Kingdom of God.

    • Biscuitnapper! Congratulations on finishing University! I’m graduating this Thursday!

      You put quite a lot of thought into your response… you should definitely do a guest post for me one of these days!

      Great to hear from you 🙂