Evangelism has certainly gained a bad reputation. The very word itself is stained with negative connotations. At its worst, evangelism comes across as oppressive and belligerent, a dictation of truth and refusal to hear from the Other. At its best, however, evangelism is “one bum telling another bum where he found bread.” Evangelism was long considered the most loving thing a Christian could do, an expression of care, a sharing of oneself and one’s deepest commitments. Unfortunately, decades of poor evangelism (and sometimes unfair representations in the press) have made it difficult for Christians to discuss their faiths openly in our society today.
Yet consider the following video. It appeared on Oprah, and–be forewarned–you might want to have a tissue nearby. And don’t worry; you’re not going to be preached at.