In a recent poll, half of Millennials who consider themselves practicing Christians agreed with this statement: “It is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.”
Though polling is always subjective and (as we discuss on this episode) this statement may refer more to methods of evangelism rather than the morality of sharing the gospel, this is a troubling development. If younger Christians believe that the Great Commission isn’t just inconvenient but is actually wrong in a plural society, we have a major problem!
So, how did we get here and how do we evangelize younger Christians on evangelism? How do we champion the necessity and, well, morality of sharing the Gospel with our neighbors? That’s the topic of my conversation with apologist and thinker Ben Schettler. In part 1 of this conversation, we address the following trends
- Pluralization. Or, is it secular pluralism? We have many religious views; but, secularism has “hollowed out” those beliefs, especially in public life.
- Tolerance as a left-of-center political ideology rather than an interest in and respect for ideas different than your own.
- Evangelism and why many Christians are hesitant to share the Gospel with their friends.
- Josh’s (very brief) stint as a Trekie.
- Ben’s drop the mic identification of the “gods” of major U.S. cities and regions (for example, New York=money, Los Angeles=Fame, Washington, D.C.=power).
- Why love is better than tolerance.
- Why evangelism is loving and a failure to evangelize is a failure to love.
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