Mission Week is coming to London this month. For those not in the know, Mission Week is a week set aside by the Christian Unions (CUs) of the universities in the UK for active evangelism. It is not that the CUs only evanglise on that week, but their affliated schools would set aside rooms for Christian events during that week.
Every time I hear the word "evangelism", I immediately think that it is God's plan of making me lose friends. Of course I am exaggerating -- I am just merely afraid of being thought as "uncool" or "unintellectual". Part of this fear came from a past incident.
Some years ago, I was about to attend a Bible study group with two friends. I prayed that I would be strong enough to declare His name over the next weeks. So I went for the study, and we were studying Psalms 68. Pointing to Psalms 68:4, they asked me what the name of the Lord was. It was like destiny -- God had given me an opportunity.
"Lord Jesus Christ!" I confidently shouted, with a huge grin on my face. However, the audience glared at me as if I had made the biggest blasphemy of all time. Fearing my Singaporean-accented English -- also know as 'Singlish' -- caused a misunderstanding, I repeated my statement over and over again, each time more loudly and slowly.
The older of my two friends stopped me, reminding me that the name of the Lord was "the Lord". Being new to the faith at that time, I did not protest. Still later on in the Bible study, one of the attendees asked me why I said Jesus was God. I pointed out references in the Gospels, and then he said my translation of the Bible was corrupted. Like a child, I retorted that his translation was probably corrupted too!
Then I caught a glimpse of his book -- New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
. My two friends were Jehovah's Witnesses. This was a Jehovah's Witness session. I had been doing Bible study with them for the past three months and did not know. A huge debate followed, one Christian (me) against the rest. After the Bible study, I ran back to my rented apartment and locked the doors and windows and prayed; I was traumatized by the whole incident. Well, at least I did declare His name.
Years had passed since that incident, and I was over it long ago. Nevertheless, please pray for courage of the believers to declare His name, and for the hearers to receive it.Do you believe Jesus is God? How do you view evangelism, honestly speaking?