Monday, February 9, 2009
Road and Bus Evangelism: My take.
Please note that I do not intend to be blasphemous in any form. I will like all the religion fundamentalists that will be reading this to please be aware that I am purely writing this from victim/witness point of view.
I do not have anything against road/ bus preaching, I just wonder the sense in the lack of better strategy by the " I have called you to spread salvation" righteous preachers.The common scenerio on the road is to see preachers shouting at the top of their lungs in ever noisy and disorderly places. Then, you wonder who exactly they are reaching out to. You wonder the impact of such effort. In my former house, there was this preacher that would be out before 5am every morning waking the whole community up with the ceaseless donging of his bell that was often louder than his voice. What sense does this make?
This brings me to the bus scenes; everybody that enters a bus has got one thing or the other in mind as the journey proceeds either to rest a while before getting to your destination or to read something while in transit or better still to think. You will be rudely jolt out of whatever mood has carried you afar by the sudden singing, clapping or the call "to praise the lord somebody" of the ready to preach evangelist. For a journey of up to one hour or more than one hour, you are stuck with this preacher that will demand you respond to his/her prayers or that you sing along with him/her. Failure to do so, will get you labeled as anti-christ!
Then the preaching proper; time to face your sin of using make-up as a woman or wearing trousers or fixing artificial hair/nails which will make you doom enough to make hell. You are simply a daughter of Jazebel and unless you change your ways, you are going to hell. For a young man using stud or plaiting your hair, hell awaits you... If you happen to have any make-up on on when the preacher starts hammering away, blocking your ear with the unceasing noise, and gazes from the other bus righteous will make you feel so uncomfortable and tensed. Who cares, just change your ways! "Your churches that encourage these acts will not save you unless you repent" this is often added.
Well, it seems there is no salvation apart from this preacher's salvation as God has handed it to him/her. I wonder how some of these preachers have lost touch with the salvation reality. How I pray for their souls to be saved. How I wish they will adopt a better strategy of evangelising. A 2-page tracts will do the job of "soul saving". Just hand it to the people and shut up! Let that guide there path if they choose to follow your salvation...
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