Evangelism can be an intimidating undertaking for many people. Various fears and pressures often get in the way of a presentation of the Gospel.
So as Christian parents raise a family, how can they help their kids feel more comfortable with evangelism? Well, first, parents might want to check how comfortable they are with sharing the gospel with others.
Why Some Christian Parents Might Not Be Comfortable With Evangelism
Many of the kids who come to Shepherds Hill Academy are coming from homes where the parents claim to be Christians—not all of them, but certainly most. And many of those families would also claim to be “Evangelical” Christians. So these kids certainly have heard the Gospel before, right? How can we respond to skeptics who might point out that evangelism didn’t seem to help the kids and families who ended up at Shepherds Hill Academy?
This can be a hard question to answer because I don’t really know the heart and spiritual habits of every individual family member we serve here at Shepherds Hill Academy. I think many of our families are struggling, like a lot of us, just to do their best to glorify God right where they are planted. Even the best parents can do everything right at home and still end up with kids that are going to rebel against the truth. Plus, we live in a culture that is undermining Christian parents’ and their Biblical worldview 24/7. These are indeed difficult times to be a parent—especially a Christian parent. If Christians were nervous to evangelize before for whatever reason, today’s increased hostility to our faith certainly has to add to why evangelism seems to make a lot of Christians more nervous than ever. And, of course, Christian parents are no exception. I think we also have a fear of messing things up somehow, or maybe it’s the fear of rejection. Perhaps we’re not as confident in our faith as we say we are.
Think about it—in a way, the God of the universe is using you and me to do His bidding. That is a heavy-duty responsibility—one that many people are more comfortable neglecting than obeying. But if we can just get passed those fears and our kids can see us talking to people about Jesus and what He has done in our lives and at the cross, our kids will be much more likely to do the same thing as opportunities present themselves. But like I said, we are battling a depraved culture right now—one addicted to the idols of entertainment, pleasure, and self. Just gaining a hearing may be the toughest part of the whole thing. People are preoccupied like never before.
Maybe it depends on how a person is wired; I’m not really sure. To me, evangelism seems to be a mindset as much as, or more than, a strategic plan. Though it is easy to just cruise through this life under the radar without really engaging people with the Gospel, it is also easy to beat ourselves up and come away with the idea that if we are not out regularly knocking on doors, like the Jehovah Witnesses, or blowing bullhorns on the street, like some guys do, we are second class citizens of the Kingdom.
Either way, we have to know that our kids are watching what kind of priority we put on evangelism. I know some of the most rewarding times in my own life have been when I shared the Gospel with someone, knowing that my son or daughter was getting as blessed as I was by the positive response from the person I was talking to. There is a spiritual rush of sorts that goes with that—especially when you know that God is giving you divine inspiration during the process! I think sharing our faith with others in the presence of our kids is at least one good way of getting our kids comfortable with sharing their faith with others.
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