Thursday, January 22, 2009

Evangelization Effectiveness

Recently I have been wondering about the effectiveness of spreading the Gospel through "Christian" bands. You see I know now that the Gospel is relational. It is something that must been seen as well as explained. I have a hard time believing that someone could come to a genuine saving faith in Jesus Christ after hearing a 30 minute set from a band, that then gave a three minute explanation that all you have to do is "ask Jesus in to your heart." There are several reasons for this. First, there is no accountability afterward. These people come forward, raise their hand, walk the aisle (or whatever) saying that they said some words, and then we send them on their merry way never to be seen or heard from again. Accepting Christ is the first step in a process. I think the problem is that in the American Church we have changed the "in the now and not yet" part of salvation, into a one time transaction. We say a prayer, get our fire insurance, then live the life that we want anyway. DISCIPLESHIP NEVER TAKES PLACE! In order to TRULY understand salvation in Christ we must be mentored, taught, held accountable, and grow in faith. If we don't do this, then we do not have a genuine faith, but something that is hollow and meaningless. We said some words that don't seem to make sense, to a being that we don't even understand, so that we could be saved from the torment of hell. (Clarifying note: We will never fully understand God, but I think to genuinely understand salvation you must have some understanding of who He is.) In light of this, I do not see how this could be truly effective means by which we spread the Gospel. Granted, that these bands are "planting" seeds, but I have to believe that we could put more time and effort into planting seeds that are going to be more fruitful, and have more likelihood of sprouting. I am not blasting Christian bands in general, or anyone that was converted at a Christian concert, because I am sure that it can and has happened. All that I am saying that there must be a more effective way of doing this. I have some ideas rolling around in my head, but I want to hear some other opinions first. Do you have any ideas?