Today I was blessed to have a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness while our networking for my home church. It was refreshing and confirming on many levels. In the dialogue, I asked him about church home and salvation, he said he “I recently returned to being Jehovah’s Witness….”, and that he worshiped at a Kingdom Hall and gave the location. I asked him, “Why did you return?”His answer was detailed (could write many other blogs, but chose to write just this one) but simple,
“Each Saturday, they go out to neighborhoods from 9 to 12 noon, and knock on doors just like Jesus said to do when he sent out the 70.”
I smiled! I thought to myself, “We used to be just as annoying as the Jehovah’s Witnesses! (This is not an insult, but a tribute to one, and shame to another and a call for “soul searching“)”.
I thought about the days of our early church bodies, in which we had groups that regularly went out to knock on doors and bare personal witness about Christ and the change that He has made in our lives. I felt convicted! The door knockers we send, flyers we mail, media we invest in, all fall short of the power and effect of the personal testimony. “Why did we stop?”
The last time I felt this way was in Virginia, when I purchased a Final Call and a Bean Pie from a Muslim man on the corner (Yes I PURCHASED ONE OF EACH!) As I sat there watching him back in the 100 degree weather, I wondered how many Christian men I could get to stand outside in full black suit, a white shirt and black bow tie, and counted 2 maybe 3 (I wasn’t one of them). I would have requested that we make a short set to wear! I thought then, “What has happened to us?”
We used to be soldiers! We were warriors! We wore out the soles of our shoes fighting for souls for the Kingdom! There was a time when we weren’t on the corner just to raise funds for our ministries! There was a time when people heard that morning knock and thought it was us, but some where along the line, we either lost our zeal or decided that we didn’t want to be a nuisance, offensive or yes; annoying. Or maybe we developed an intolerance or grew allergic to rejection, or didn’t feel qualified or prepared for defending our faith? Maybe we have just become too prosperous?
I’m just not sure! But I do know one thing, We Need to Be Just As Annoying as the Jehovah’s Witnesses! People need to get sick and tired of us knocking on their doors, ignoring the no solicitation signs on the neighborhoods, interrupting our Saturday cartoons, College Football, Car Washing and Yard Work!!!! People need to run inside and hide behind their couches, knowing that the People of God are going to swing through and ask them the question, “If you die tonight, do you know if you will spend eternity with God, or burn in hell’s fire?” “Do you know Jesus Christ? “Have you believed His death accepted His blood provision for your sins?”
I know this doesn’t apply to every ministry, but it applies to some. I am aware that times have changed, and that people are different, and that we must adjust our methods. There are many things we can argue need to be changed about our modern ministries, but our personal witness will never be one of them!