In the past months I have struggled with several things:
- The almost total demise of my real estate marketing.
- Having to relocate to a new state, where I only knew one person.
- Leaving most of my possesions in Florida, where I was living.
- Having to depend on public transportation in the state I live in.
- Not having a place to call my own to live in.
Along with these seemingly difficult circumstances, I have found a new lease
on life in other areas:
- Getting to know new people at a church I found to worship at.
- Working at a place where I can advance and where I am respected.
- Roommates that are not judgmental about very much at all and take life in stride.
- Finding I am more able to talk to people about my beliefs and perceptions in life.
How do we approach people who are not Christian, OR do not have the same beliefs we do?
There are so many different "sects" of Christianity.
- Some only read the "King James" version of the bible.
- Some sprinkle for baptism, instead of immersing in water.
- Some do not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- Some do not believe in speaking in different tounges.
- Some do not believe in Christmas or Easter.
- Some do not worship on Sundays.
The above is just a SHORT list of differences in peoples beliefs about Christianity.
How do you approach people who are not Christians when other Christians who are standing right there next to you could wreck your testemony because of the beliefs they have that are different from yours (AND they are ready to "defend" their beliefs to the death?
Why would you want to get a person confused who you are trying to talk to about Christianity?
There are a couple of SIMPLE things to do when approaching a person who does not have the same beliefs as yours in Christianity:
- Realize that not everyone is going to believe the way you do.
- Your way is YOURS and Jesus will set everything STRAIGHT when He takes over. (If you are WRONG, then that is the time to change.... unless the Holy Spirit gets through to you first.......hehehe.)
- Do NOT damage another persons faith because of your own beliefs (If you are in their church, do NOT bring up anything that you do NOT agree with:)
Here are verses from Romans Chapter 14 to help out:
Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.
One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.
The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.
Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.
He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
For it is written,
"AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD."
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- The next thing you do is make sure the other person (IF they are trying to discredit your beliefs) is NOT around while you are talking to the inquiring person about your beliefs.
NOT ONCE did I mention DEFENDING your beliefs... that usually starts a "war".
Walking IN LOVE is where it's at.