Thanks to the Internet, evangelism has never been easier. People of all faiths are now using the Internet to share their personal beliefs and to proselytize the masses with their various messages. Naturally, there are those who don’t share in the author’s beliefs and attempt to correct error with the aim of converting the errant author. While most speak their peace and leave it at that there are some who don’t take no for an answer or don’t handle disagreement very well.
Today I’ll introduce you to what I call “Militant Evangelist”……
Ask yourself the following questions;
Ever continually disagree with everything someone believes on a daily basis and keep coming harder and harder when it’s obvious your views aren’t being received?
Ever been banned from a website only to return time and again to harass your opponent using different IP Numbers?
Ever set up an anonymous website set to tarnish a person’s reputation because of a theological disagreement?
Ever send a nasty email to someone questioning their integrity and qualifications because their way of dealing with a specific situation differs from your own?
Ever repeatedly email a theological opponent after being asked not to email them again?
If you can answer yes to any of the above you might be considered a “militant evangelist”.
Jesus had something to say about evangelism. Let’s see if it differs from the “militant evangelists” idea of evangelism.
Matthew 10:14-11 NIV
“Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.
You notice what Christ didn’t say right? He didn’t say to return to the home that didn’t welcome your words each and every day and harass them did He? He said to simply leave. Seems fairly simple right?
The interesting part is the usual “militant evangelist” claims to be a “Christian”. The sad part is the people who believe the “militant evangelist” is a Christian. What is even worse are the non Christians who judge Christians based on the “militant evangelists” who can’t, won’t or simply refuse to follow the clear teachings of Christ.
It’s easy to become a target of the “militant evangelists” style of evangelism. Usually disagreeing with them is all that it takes. Objecting to their disagreements publicly can and usually does drive them absolutely wild and in most cases you will feel their wrath through spamming, IP Proxy and via anonymous “non reply” emails that will never end unless they become bored and move on or give up.
Again, these folks claim to be Christians yet their actions are more akin to this. Hardly Christian behavior now is it.