I had plan an early start this morning, but that was waylaid by the FBI executing a Search and Seizure Warrant against my next door neighbor at 6 AM, blocking our whole street. While they sort out the mess, I thought I would mention a few things that have been on my mind.
Brian of Sarcasmagorical asked me about my post Tests, Prayer, and What Really Matters
Our quest for the simple answer is really a quest for glory, and betrays our assumption that we are capable of knowing enough to make things simple.
Which brings me to my last comment – Id love to hear how/if you think this applies to our evangelism. I used to be down on myself when I was first a Christian, because I couldnt just walk up to someone and give them the Gospel in a 5 minute conversation.
He has more to say but that what his main question.
Is wanting a simple answer the assumption he suggests? Sometimes. I focused in that post on how always seeking the simple could be a sign of laziness, of not wanting to engage the complexity of the situation. But to fair it could also be weariness of too many demands across too many areas. Then it could be an effort to make life manageable. How many of us just want to know enough to get the job done in an area that is not our real focus, say our car or our audio system or even our blogging software. Just tell me the basics and what I need to know to get done what I want to get done.
However, when it comes to evangelism, is there really room for what amounts to a drive-by Gospel presentation? Sometimes, because God may be using you to plant a seed someone else with nurture, but like anything else in life it can become a bad habit when it becomes more than an available tool that you have at the ready for God to use, in the proper situation.
I guess that is what I was getting at. The desire to live a life of easy, simple answers and one, two, three solutions is a trap that leads us to into skimming the surface of things and becoming shallow at best.