“You feel called to Africa but you haven’t gone across the street” — Many Pastors across America.
I have heard the above quote many a times in my life from a preacher who is trying to convince people to witness to their neighbors. Although I have a great numbers of problems with modern evangelism techniques I am beginning to feel the heart of the preachers who have shouted this to their congregation.
If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know that changes in my doctrine have pushed me out of the traditional church and into a more organic house church model. After reading Neil Cole’s Organic Church I have realized a few things about myself that probably apply to more people that may be willing to admit it.
I have never considered myself to be much of an evangelist, but I have been an evangelist for many things in Christianity: Christian music, ministry style, youth groups, churches, books and many other things in my life. I have shouted from the roof tops the benefits of moralism and ministry style but for some reason I have been silenced when it comes from evangelizing Christ and his Gospel.
As Christians we often find ourselves telling someone to come to our church, hoping that our paid ministry staff will do the work of the ministry which all Christians are called to do in Ephesians 4:11-14. We are all called to make disciples of all nations according to the great commission. I have been ignoring these things in order to hold onto my own comfort all the while forgetting that my life is not my own but that I was bought with a price. (I Cor. 6:19-20)
My goal is to become a suburban missionary, by that I mean diving into a culture that isn’t truly Christian. I believe that American culture is becoming post-Christian and although we have many religious and spiritual folks few of them know the Gospel of Christ and the fact that I live near them makes that fact all the more sad.