Anyways, Matt was commenting on some of the main points in Chapter 3, and one of the points really struck me because it’s been something that’s been on my mind a lot lately:
6. The saying of nothing. “Evangelism” in this context means creating space in which others can explore their own experience of God, rather than engaging in a “power discourse” that beats them over the head with the One System that gets them “saved.” As Rollins puts it, “when it comes to God, we have nothing to say to others and we must not be ashamed of saying it.”
It’s an interesting idea, I think, and it reminds me of a quote from St. Francis of Assisi that I’ve heard a million times, maybe you have to?
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
I think that Rollins is taking it a little bit further than Assisi did, in saying that we have “nothing to say”, and I’m not sure that I would take it that far either. Granted, I still need to read the book myself, maybe he isn’t actually saying that we never should have anything to say.
But I absolutely think that we’ve relied too much on our arguments and our words to introduce people to the Kingdom of God, and less so on our displaying God’s love to the people around us. I’ve always been under the impression that if we do our best to love people, they will naturally be drawn to the source of that love (God). At which point God will make Himself known to them in a way that they will understand, since He desires that no one should be apart from Him…
For me, I’m going to do what I can every day to love those around me, and I’ll let God handle the actual “saving” since it’s up to Him anyways, isn’t it? And if someone asks me something, or a situation presents itself where only my words can help, then I’ll use them. But otherwise, I’m putting my words on the back burner, and moving my actions up front and turning it on high…