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    Do You Push Your Faith on Others?

    Ladies, this post asks a provocative question. Do you push your faith on others?

    Many of you probably have heard it said that Christians can be pushy about “their God,” or that some Christians are just “over the top.” Now, some of that may be true. Maybe we Christians do talk about God a lot, and maybe we do say that our God is the only God, but is that wrong?

    Here lies the dilemma. Check out the following clip.

    As Christians, we’re called to evangelize. We’re called to spread the Word and share the Gospel…but when we do, we’re called pushy and no one listens. Now what?

    Ladies, how does this make you feel?

    Before you determine that you just need to stop bugging people about how awesome God is, consider first that the God we love, the God we must elevate above all else, the God who sent His son to die on the cross, asked us to share His Word. He asked us to be His disciples!

    Have you ever tried to evangelize but were met with opposition? Have you ever been called a “pushy” Christian? How do you evangelize with love? Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments below!

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    15 COMMENTS

    1. I’ve had 2 friends who have come to know Christ through just my simple actions. I don’t tend to be pushy pushy…but people realize. I wear like shirts clothes with bible verses on it, and I put verses on my binders and stuff. I dress super modest and I guess I respond differently in situations. Some of my friends realize this and after answering their questions all throughout last year, have come to know the Lord (Praise the Lord :D). I try to be a witness…I say things like “God Bless,” and “Have a blessed day,” or “I’ll pray for you.” and am praying that more of my friends get curious.

      Sometimes my friends and I go and do outreach. We’ve tried healing people on the streets of my town, and going into stores and malls and praying for people before. Most people respond and want it, so it’s cool 🙂 but that’s like the extent of my witnessing goes. I’m trying to be better about it…I wanna legit share the gospel to friends and not make them come to me…

    2. I don’t “push” my faith on others. If they’re curious, I’m happy to talk to them about it. And it’s a regular part of my conversation just like anything that I really care about. But I don’t think that’s at all pushy.
      There is one person I’m pretty consistently “bugging” him. Mostly because he doesn’t mind. In fact, he would probably be disappointed if I didn’t.
      I think it’s just important that you build a relationship with someone first, and establish yourself as someone who truly cares about them. Because, if we’re Christians, it’s important that we do care about them. Otherwise, it’s just useless. (1st Corinthians 13:1-3)

    3. Thanks so much for this video! My youth group leadership team is doing a month study on evangelism right now! I have a question for everyone:

      How do we begin a conversation about Jesus with people with making it awkward? How much is too much?

      • In my opinion, it’s only awkward if you make it awkward.
        Too far is when you start doing things out of fear that God is going to condemn you to hell if you don’t say them correctly or whatever and you just try too hard. It can be similar to being cool or dancing I guess. There are those people who get all worked up and make it awkward for themselves. I’m am by no means talking about the conviction/utterance of the Holy Spirit- when He talks to you and tells you to do/say something you do it- but I mean if a kid walks up to you and asks how you’re doing, it’s not wrong to say “You know, things have been better,” which may open up more doors for testimony rather than, “Oh I am so blessed and sanctified through Jesus.” The latter is totally appropriate (although it usually only appeals to believers who get what you’re talking about fully), so don’t get me wrong. Even if you’re not feeling that great and you open that little bit of common ground with people who may not believe first developing the conversation and continue with, “Yeah, this and this… But God is in control and He has never failed me,” you still get your piece without making it seem like you’re being pushy. They asked the question and you gave the answer you felt was right for the occasion… People want to feel like they can relate. Your goal in evangelizing isn’t to sell God, but you still have different people who will accept Him in different ways so living a [quote & unquote] good life may inspire someone but words also carry weight with people because they see the walk and the talk. I hope this doesn’t sound too watered down. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you above all else and you’ll be fine.

    4. For the most part, I think that actions speak louder than words. If we dress modestly, are friendly and kind to everyone around us, and obey the word of God, then people tend to get curious about our motivations. Most of the time, if people see our godly actions and they see the joy of the Lord within us, they will be hungry for the same thing and come to us and ask about what we believe. At that point we should tell them our testimony and tell them that they can have the same experience with God. And, if they are sincere in their questions, and not just trying to provoke an argument, you could propose a Bible study and invite them to church. 🙂

    5. I am not pushy with my faith (I believe that regardless they have a choice to choose what they believe in, that’s why God gave free will) I do evangelize a little bit, but mostly I just let my actions speak for themselves. I have had other Christians come up to me and say “Wow, your faith is so inspiring” and my mom even said it made her uncomfortable that my faith was so strong (she later realized it was God convicting her). God comes up in my conversations, but never in a pushy way. Evangelism has never been a huge skill for me anyway.

    6. I don’t know if this is would be considered “pushy” but I had this friend who was always complaining about how God hated him because he didn’t have a girlfriend and was all alone..and whenever I tried to invite him to church, bible study, and other Christian activities he’d turn them all down. I kept trying (for a year) but he just kept whining about being alone for the rest of his life. Finally I just gave up because he wasn’t going to listen.

    7. I do it simply by offering God’s opinion in the conversation. It’s usually followed up with “are you Christian”? Bingo. And I don’t come across as pushy. Having a biblical opinion is evangelistic enough. If they want to know more about God, then so be it. The conversation naturally takes its course. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear. Sometimes all a person needs to see is another human being showing faith in God and applying the wisdom, not just simply regurgitating the verse. If they’re thirsty for the living water, it’ll be obvious and they’ll actually seek you with questions afterwards (assuming you interact with them on a consistent basis; otherwise, it could be a one-off conversation and who knows you may start them off on their spiritual journey).

    8. Actions speak louder than words, and I don’t really like to just walk up to some random person and start preaching. But there is one girl that for some reason kicks me into full missonary mode. Seems kind of wierd, but then again, I am…

    9. I honestly don’t evangelize because I’m too scared of opposition. Like, it really is something that would make me super uncomfortable if someone got upset with me, but I can’t say that I’ve ever tried it so I don’t know..The video makes a lot of sense. I think another reason why I don’t evangelize is because I feel guilty for being “pushy” even though it wouldn’t be pushy at all. I guess I just have to do more for God. And I will, starting with just saying “God bless” and working up from there. Thank you for the article!

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