Christians talk too much. At least, they feel the pressure to.
I have a talk entitled “Why I Am a Christian,” where I
discuss the primary reason we ought to follow Christ: because He’s the Truth. Christianity (in the sense of C.S. Lewis’ “mere Christianity”)
is true and we have good reasons to think so. But sometimes, when people hear this they feel pressure to
have all the right answers for their
non-believing friends. I hear the
stress in their voices when they ask, “So what should I say to my non-Christian
friends?” I have some advice.
First, start with questions. Oftentimes, Christians think evangelism means we talk and
others listen. So, the believer is
supposed to have a polished “Gospel presentation” and a finely tuned response
to all objections. But this
approach is undignifying to non-Christians and it completely ignores the unique
questions an individual might have.
And it’s why some Christians are really good at answering questions no
one is asking. Francis Schaeffer’s
words are instructive here: “If I
have only an hour with someone, I will spend the first 55 minutes asking
questions and finding out what is troubling their heart and mind, and then the
last 5 minutes I will share something of the truth.”
I encourage students to start with Stand to Reason’s first
two “Columbo” questions:
#1 -- What do you mean by that?
#2 -- How did you come to that conclusion?