I've always disagreed with the Way of the Master style of evangelism. It relies entirely on Pascal's Wager (stupid, could be said of any religion) and the Ten Commandments (not terribly useful if I don't think the bible is any more special than Harry Potter). Apparently, the next big thing in really annoying conversations you will be having with random strangers is here: Evangelism Without the Script.
There is nothing more powerful than a personal testimony when telling others about Christ.
So when Nathan Sheets of e3 Partners Ministry, Inc., and a few others set out to develop an outreach campaign, they decided to zero in on the pure, raw and heartfelt stories of those who have been transformed by Christ, and strip away all of the trappings of Christianity.
"When we're starting a conversation and I'm telling you about all these issues that I've dealt with in my life and I share with you how God has brought me through that, I think that it takes away the bad feelings of 'I hate church,'" Sheets told The Christian Post.
Pure, raw and heartfelt. Apparently, the sound that woke me up at 3 am was logic's death rattle.
First of all, I find these sorts of things wildly annoying because I am chronically ill. If you are chronically ill, everyone you know knows someone that took or did something and was cured and you should try it too! Just try asking for scientific proof that this substance or technique works. Your friend/acquaintance/coworker will look at you as if you just requested break dancing lemurs, and say, "But I saw it! (S)he's all better now!"
Feelings are not the same thing proof. I'm glad Jesus/acai/colon cleanses made you/someone you know feel better, but that's not the same thing as proof, so fuck off.
Evangelism Without a Script is the spiritual version of a conversation I already find wildly annoying. To put it another way: how do you know Jesus fixed your life? Maybe your belief that Jesus would fix your life provided you with the necessary motivation to fix your own life, a psychic placebo effect, if you will.
This is hilarious, though:
Though the celebrity status of some on the site may create a disconnect with viewers, campaign organizers intentionally clothed them in black shirts and sat them in a white chair against a black background.
"In God's eyes, we're all equal so we've stripped out the things of this world that might set you apart as a celebrity versus being a noncelebrity," Sheets explained.
Except their FACES, asshat. I bet it's a little easier to fix your life with $10M than without. Not that I would know.