The Evangelism Con

Jesus sent His disciples into the world to tell people about a new a kingdom of love (Matt 10:7-15).

JESUS ALREADY KNEW …

The Lord knew that a world in darkness would turn its back on light and love. Yet He sent His disciples to tell the world about the Kingdom of God. What’s remarkable is that He didn’t tell them to debate with people or try to make people believe. He also didn’t tell His disciples to threaten people with hell if they didn’t accept what was being said. In fact, Jesus made it clear that we should leave the judging of immortal souls to Him (Matt 25:31-46).

Knowing that some (many, perhaps even most) would reject their offer of love, Jesus instructed His disciples simply to knock the dust off their sandals and move on. In other words, they were not to be troubled by negative people. Their job was to tell, not to conquer, convince, control, or condemn.

THE WORK OF HIS BRIDE …

That’s how it is with the Catholic Church, the church established by Jesus. We’re not here to overwhelm society or culture, nor to conquer it. In God’s Kingdom economy, victory has a different meaning. The weak will be strong and the last will be first (Matt 20:16).

ENDING THE CON …

One of the biggest problems in the world today is that the Church does not yet seem to completely trust God to be God. So instead of trusting God for the outcomes, we try to “con” people. To become a truly effective evangelizer, we must first see the “con” of evangelism for what it is.

Historically , if we don’t con-quer people for the Kingdom of God, we try to con-vince them. And if we can’t convince them, we seek to con-trol them. And if all of that doesn’t work, there’s always the dreaded con-demnation looming in the background. When will those lost people wake up?

No matter how you slice it, there’s a “con” in every one of the most common strategies for evangelism. And “cons” don’t win spiritual battles.

ONWARD CHRISTIAN WARRIORS …

The Catholic Church has a king named Jesus. We have a queen mother named Mary. We have countless saints and angels too. And we have an amazing array of sacraments to go along with the full armor of God for our spiritual battles.

Let’s quit “conning” the world and spend more time with the resources Jesus gives us in His Kingdom. Begin by praying daily for the world around us. Get to know the saints who are all around Jesus in heaven. And seek the intercession of Mary. Use her the way King David’s sons sought the intercession of Bathsheba (1 Kings 1). When we learn to lose the “con” and use the Kingdom, we’ll really see miraculous victories.

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In Christ!

2 Replies to “The Evangelism Con”

  1. I do know about being a con artist, God have mercy on us all. Thank you for your Church mouse messages, God Bless You, Earl

    On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 08:29 Bible Study Cartoons wrote:

    > Reach One posted: ” Jesus sent His disciples into the world to tell people > about a new a kingdom of love (Matt 10:7-15). JESUS ALREADY KNEW … The > Lord knew that a world in darkness would turn its back on light and love. > Yet He sent His disciples to tell them abo” >

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