|Have you ever talked about God to someone whose response was strong objection? Well I have, and I must say that it wasn’t a very easy task. I have talked to atheists, pagans, and people who believe, but are not spiritual, and it does not get any easier. I recently read a book that really helped me. It is called “Dealing With Objections.” The author came to the conclusion that; in dealing with objections, the keyword is why.
Coincidentally, I was talking to a friend a couple of days ago about her relationship with Christ. Here’s how the conversation went.
Friend: I need to be more spiritual!
Rachael: Why don’t you just rededicate your life to Christ and start living right again.
Friend: I know, I’m just not ready.
Rachael: Then when are you going to be ready?
Friend: I don’t know.
Rachael: All those that died on Sept. 11 probably didn’t wake up thinking they were going to die. You never know when your time is going to come and it may just be too late when you finally realize this scary reality.
Friend: Just leave it alone. Rachael!!! Leave it alone
Rachael: You know what you need to do, so I will leave you alone.
Now that I think about it, I should have asked her why she wasn’t ready instead of asking her when she’s going to be ready. The point I am trying to make is that we are going to encounter situations like this as well as others, and we need to be prepared with information and a good comeback. You can’t go to someone who has lived his or her whole life trying to prove that there is no God, and try to convince him or her that God is real. They will come to you with things like, “Why did God allow all those people to be killed in the Old Testament?” “Why should I believe in a God that kills people and takes all your money?” “How do you know that the Bible is true?” What will your response be?
You have to put yourself in these people shoes and figure out what they NEED to hear. You can’t just start spitting Bible verses and expect everyone to want to listen to you. Instead, first ask WHY, that is why they have the mentality they do or why it is so hard for them to believe in God. If they are into politics, movies or things of that nature, use that to lure them in. Start conversations with them and let them trust you and then slowly start talking to them about God and explain why you believe certain things happen the way they do. Just always remember that in whatever situation you are in, seek God’s help first and then enter it fully equipped with the word and the Spirit. I assure that you will confidently minister to people and lives will be changed.
You've fished for men's souls for years,
Yet little success you can claim;
Keep casting the net where God leads—
Your faithfulness honors His name. —Egner
You can never speak to the wrong person about Christ.
Stay blessed and spread the word.