By:  Shenelle Wallace

“He that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30 KJV)

There have been many times that I’ve witnessed a ‘witness’ attempting to minister the gospel in public. Interestingly enough, whether I was on the bus, the train, or simply walking by in public, the expressions of the solicited audience were all the same. They showed signs of anger, annoyance, discomfort, disinterest, and even distress. I don’t think that it was so much what was being said that bothered them, but how it was being presented. And we know, its all about presentation.

I observed these individuals (the witnesses) screaming at the top of their lungs with full force and a face that’s enraged, saying ‘Its gonna be a sad day when you all wake up in hell!’ Al little overzealous maybe? Somehow, that word comes to mind.

The Bible says “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel…” (Mark 16:15 KJV). If there is any example to be followed, it should be that of Jesus Christ himself. He was so engaging, and his approach was so gentle, that the multitudes followed him, thirsty for more. His mission was not to get people to follow him out of fear, but out of love. So why do we think its ok to shove the gospel down people’s throats? Remember, we don’t to repel them; we want to invite them in. And beating them over the head is not going to do it.

Proverbs 4:7 tells us that “Wisdom is the principal thing.” I would hope that there’s a more tactful way than presenting the message of a loving God in a domineering manner. Furthermore it seems a bit contradictory and makes the body of Christ look flat out crazy. I understand that there is urgency for all to hear the good news. But let’s model Jesus and be wise when being a witness. We do the witnessing, and God will work on their hearts.