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I am not so good at evangelism.  In my imagination I have the boldness and the things to say.  But people never act their part prescribed by my imagination.  And “people” includes me.  So when at work yesterday I set down my book and almost heard God putting words into my head to open my mouth and say to the girl sitting there, I was quite surprised. 
 
Talking to strangers is never so difficult after I’ve opened my mouth at first.  She was wearing a head-covering, the kind girls wear in the Middle East.  And I suppose that is where her family is from.  She probably grew up in the United States.  Right now she is in community college, having earned her diploma in a public high school.  It is possible she knows the mainstream American culture better than I do.  But she has a little bit of that cultural slant that comes from being Muslim.  Whether she approves or disapproves, she is accustomed to their mindset. 
 
I told her that I had been reading about the story of Cain and Abel, and did she know it?  Muslims share some stories with Christians, so I was curious what she may have heard about it.  Actually she encountered the story in public school, when they read East of Eden and studied its influences.  She said that her class decided Cain was a pragmatist, and even though he may have been marked, was more likely to survive in the world, to do what worked for him.  The world, they agreed, was more like Cain.  He would expect what he found there, and know how to thrive.  Abel, he is the kind of guy who tells everyone what they should do, and God likes a man who wants to do what is right.  But people don’t like prophets, so he would probably be shot. 
 
And while most of my new friend’s high school class though that was sad, she said it made her laugh.  I think she was appreciating the irony. 
 
But I asked her why God would let the world be that way, where those people who please Him are more likely to get shot.  “I don’t know; I guess god knows what he’s thinking,” she said. 
 
That was the end of our conversation.  I don’t know what God was thinking having me bring up Cain and Abel with her, but I trust Him.  No objections. 
 
This morning I went searching for a quote by the Catholic, GK Chesterton.  And on one of the sites the sidebar advertisement was for a Muslim matrimonial website.  With the veil surrounding the face it is hard to tell, but the smiling woman on their ad looked a lot like my friend.  What do you make of that? 
 
To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

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Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

I am very bad at in person saying to a stranger that they need to hear about Jesus, the only name under heaven by which we must be saved from sin that would without Him condemn us to eternal hell and a life without hope. An evangelist once said that to find out whether you should witness to a person, “Check and see if they’re breathing.” The different authorities who might disapprove should not deter me. Jesus said all authority is given to Him in Heaven and on Earth, Therefore Go.

And I think that if I loved all those lost enemies of God, I wouldn’t stay silent when they pass me in the store or are sitting in my office. I would go out on purpose to preach the life-offering words to my neighbors. But apparently my heart, commanded to love, is failing its mission.

When I pray for a person on a regular basis, I have discovered that I become attached, because of the reflection and the investment, and getting a glimpse of God’s heart for them. So I guess praying for the unsaved people I know and for the people groups I feel God wants me to “go” to, is not such an illogical idea.

  1. Pray for the unsaved.
  2. Start loving the unsaved.
  3. Meet the unsaved.
  4. Be bold to share the good news that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the dead to offer them salvation and eternal life.
  5. Give God all the glory.

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