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Professor Howdy said...

A man goes to the doctor and tells him that
he hasn't been feeling well. The doctor
examines him, leaves the room and comes
back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, "Take the Big pill with a
big glass of water when you get up. Take the
little pink pill with a big glass of water after lunch.
Then just before going to bed, take the red pill
with another big glass of water."

Startled to be put on so much medicine the
man stammers, "My goodness, doc, exactly
what's my problem?"

Doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."

Saskia - Oxford U. said...

Violators Will Be Proselytized!
David Burchett
Author and Speaker

Increasingly we have become a society that uses polarizing words instead of
words that allow and engage conversation. Instead of picking a graceful term
that can be debated we pull out the flame throwers and use inflammatory
words designed to create a visceral response. Such a word is often used to
describe the desire of many Christians to tell others about their faith in
God. Those who are offended by that activity immediately accuse them of
proselytizing. The mere use of the word moves the motive from concern to
coercion. Violators of my beliefs will be proselytized!

I was surprised to see that proselytize is used as a synonym for
brainwashing at an online thesaurus site. The actual definition listed by is:

1. To induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith.
2. To convert (a person) from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to

I had never paid a lot of attention to the use of the word. I know it has
become a pejorative when used to refer to Christians. But as I read the
definitions it became clear to me that I need to gently challenge this word
and its usage with Christian evangelism. As an evangelical Christian
(evangelical will be a future “bad word” topic) I do not feel it is my
mission to “convert” someone to my religious faith. I cannot “convert”
anyone to Christian faith. That is God’s job. In baseball parlance I am
merely a set-up man at best…the Holy Spirit of God is the closer. I do have
a job. Actually it is a command that Jesus gave in Matthew.

Jesus said, ""Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and
intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there
is a second to set alongside it: "Love others as well as you love yourself.'
Matthew 22 The Message

Frankly we have too often lost track of these simple yet powerful commands.
When we love others sacrificially our message becomes inviting…not
proselytizing. If you have ever been around a Christian who is truly living
these words then you know how powerful their life influence can be for those
who know them. Saint Francis of Assisi wonderfully observed that we should
“preach the gospel at all times…if necessary, use words.” Do you see the
power of letting the gospel message flow out of our actions?

But to anyone reading this who is of a different faith or no faith at all I
must confess my dilemma to you. If I truly believe this to be the truth and
if my faith in Christ has genuinely changed my life then how can I not tell
you? Why should you be offended if I care enough to reach out gently and in
love? I openly acknowledge that too many Christians are heavy-handed and
even mean when they attempt to communicate their beliefs. I know. I was
wounded by some of those legalistic types. But should I automatically be
offended if someone wants to tell me something that they believe is
life-changing and eternal?

I remember being intimately involved with some friends over a period of
years because of our kid’s sports activities. They were from a denomination
that believed only they were going to heaven. They knew we did not belong to
that denomination. Yet they never once said a word that they believed we
were off track and even doomed. Would I have changed my views? No. But it
would have showed that they cared enough to let me know what they held dear
and their concern for me. I was actually a little hurt that they didn’t seem
to care that I would not join them in heaven.

Michael Kinsley wrote in Time magazine (February 19, 2001) about the anger
that some folks feel toward Christians who seem compelled to share their

“You may not agree that your soul needs saving, but why is he wrong to try
as long as he isn't prying away your soul against your will? As an
ethnically Jewish nonbeliever, I find this fuss over conversion utterly
baffling...But an insult? In a way, it is insulting to Jews that
Fundamentalist Christians don't try harder to convert us. Oh sure, they're
friendly enough now. But wait until Judgment Day. Then it will be, `Sorry,
we seem to have lost your reservation.' And from this perspective, the
Jewish policy of actively discouraging converts to Judaism starts to seem
like `theological arrogance' indeed. At the same time, when you object to
noncoercive conversion, it starts to look like the opposite of arrogance:
theological insecurity. What are you afraid of? The decision will be made by
you or by God, and in either case; there is no ground for complaint."

I suspect that technique is too often the rub. As I mentioned, I was a
victim of over the top zealous religious people as a teenager. I am still a
little amazed that I eventually came to faith.

If I care about you I will naturally want to share the most important thing
in my life. But I think you have some rights as the hearer of that message.
I wrote the following in my book When Bad Christians Happen to Good

The Unbelievers Bill of Rights…

a.. I have the right to never have faith forced on me.
b.. I have the right to never be treated in a condescending manner.
c.. I have the right to always hear the truth.
d.. I have the right for you to patiently hear my concerns and doubts.
e.. I have the right to seek answers to those questions and doubts that
you can’t answer.
f.. I have the right to be steered to resources for my own study and
g.. I have the right to be loved no matter how I respond to the gospel
I hope that I honor you by following the list above. I hope you will
understand that my wanting to let you know about the most important thing in
my life honors you as well. My desire is for you to experience the peace,
joy and contentment that Christ has given to me. God only comes into lives
when invited. You have every right to reject my message and the invitation.
But I want to let you know that invitation changed my life completely. I
hope you believe that I feel no superiority, judgment or impatience with
you. I just wanted you to know. The rest is up to you.

Dave Burchett is an Emmy Award winning television sports director, author,
and Christian speaker. He is the author of When Bad Christians Happen to
Good People and Bring'em Back Alive: A Healing Plan for those Wounded by the
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Professor Howdy said...

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

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