Interfaith + Internet = Evangelism
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
For reasons I can not fully understand, the word EVANGELISM has become synonymous with Christians. In fact, look up the definition in “Webster’s, and this is what you will find:
1. A preacher of the Christian gospel.2. (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.3. A bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for a resident pastor; an itinerant missionary preacher. (b) A writer of one of the four Gospels (With the definite article); as, the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (c) A traveling preacher whose efforts are chiefly directed to arouse to immediate repentance.
However, that may have been true when people of differing faiths generally lived and worshiped in a setting within a defined country or community. But in today’s world, it is likely that you live next door to someone whose core tenets of faith differ from yours. And the result is often less “love thy neighbor” than is ideal to foster mutual respect and understanding of these differences! And it is this which makes the definition of Evangelist penned by Ambrose Bierce in his “Devil’s Dictionary”, newspaper weekly written in the early 20th century, more true, 107 years later, than we might like to believe.
1. A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors.
Today’s faith leaders are all too eager to impress upon us why the beliefs of their particular religion are the only ones that meet with the approval of the Almighty. They delight in pointing out why they are right and all the rest are wrong, and they will spend the next hour sermonizing so that you know exactly why! How sad this is, when we all are given an opportunity in our blended societies, to share our beliefs in a way that seeks to enlighten and enrich instead of passing judgement and condemning. And whether we see this approach as a revolutionary concept, it is a peaceful revolution that we all can live with, grow in and become better for!
Interfaith is such an incredible and powerful force, for gentleness, for respect, for growth and for peace, and if this makes it a revolutionary idea…well, so be it! It meets with my God’s approval! Look at Romans 12:18 NIV, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” You see, from my perspective, and God’s, it’s a peaceful revolution that makes us each a better person! We can live together. We can treat each other with respect. I can affirm who I am … without putting down who you are. Which is what I try to do each and every day that I share my thoughts with you via this wonder of wonders….the internet. And does it work? Well, you can decide, by looking at my stats for a past post! No, I don’t reach millions every day. I don’t even reach thousands. But I do what I can to be part of this peaceful revolution of “Interfaith + Internet = Evangelism”!
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Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”
Revelation 14: 14-19 ESV
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