Whenever I hear people talk about Christians “trying to shove their religion down my throat,” I ask for specifics. What exactly happened and when? In most cases, they are referring to what someone else said happened to them.
If you are under 30, it is not likely you had a Christian trying to share the gospel with you at all. There is research that suggests by age 26, only 12% of young adults who were actively involved in their faith life at age 16 have any connection to an Christian community ten years later. Not every one of them is trying to share their faith. So, more and more, except for individual anecdotal evidence, the idea that “Christians are shoving their religion…” and such, is nonsense.
That doesn’t matter. As the common phrase goes, “Perception is reality.” What is the remedy for all of this? Jesus set it up as his method for evangelism and we might want to join him.
“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you…”
-Luke 10: 5-6
That’s the secret to evangelism. A three-word summary.
Person of Peace
I have really focused on this term after spending time with Mike Breen of 3Dministries.com. In HTBACWBAJ, I use the term, “Those who are receptive.” Here is one of my branding phrases.
Share the compassion of Jesus with everyone. Share the gospel of Jesus with those who are receptive.
Since being introduced to the language, “person of peace,” I like to interchange the terms.
Tomorrow I will say more on the PoP.