Monday, April 30, 2012
Evangelize When it Looks Good
Beaverton Grace Bible Church is a church with a very strong emphasis on evangelism. It is one of the primary reasons why my husband wanted to start attending. We had evangelism classes for two hours each Sunday at "Grace Bible Institute". Groups of people went out evangelizing on Friday nights to malls, canvassing neighborhoods, Portland Rose Parade, Mormon Temple, Jehovah's Witness "conventions", downtown, parks, church-sponsored car washes - anywhere there was an opportunity, BGBC availed themselves.
However, my "wayward" 21-yr old daughter seemed to be exempt from their evangelism efforts. My daughter left our home abruptly a year or so after we started attending BGBC. She didn't want anything to do with church anymore. She was hurt and confused.
Besides Meaghan and possibly her friend from high school, can someone please tell me why not one person from the church (especially elders/pastor) asked me for my daughter's phone number or address to go out and see her to talk with her, to show love to her, to "evangelize" her?
A very interesting thing happened the last week our family was at BGBC. The very last week we were there - at a time I am fairly certain the pastor and elders thought we might be staying, Pastor Chuck mentioned to my husband that they ought to go pay Hannah a visit. What should have made my heart leap for joy made me sick.
Oh really? Why now? Why not at any time during the previous 11 months? Just now . . . when it's convenient . . . when they knew we were having difficulty with the church . . . to try to keep us there? Sit back and think about that, friends. Go out and evangelize to strangers week after week, but when one of your own flock has left and you know the mom has been in mourning week after week, ignore that fallen sheep until it's convenient to try to win over the family to remain at the church??? That is not evangelizing for the sake of the soul, that is evangelizing for the wrong reason.
What kind of shepherding is this? Seriously. Outward appearances, anyone?