The Effectiveness of Imperfect Evangelism
by Matt Chapin
In a world of “experts” and “expert opinions” do you ever shrink back in your evangelistic efforts because you do not perceive yourself an “expert” in Christianity? Do we need to be? Today we have experts at Best Buy for your new television. At Apple computer stores there might be a computer expert to fix your problems. There is an expert salesperson for your car, expert lawyers, politicians, doctors, food critics, psychologists, sports radio or television experts, mechanics, and an array of financial advisors. In fact we are so used to living in the company of experts, we’ll sometimes say after our point is made, “But I’m no expert, so what do I know?”
There are two examples I would like to share where God’s strength was made perfect in weakness. The first is the conversion story of Frank Pastore, and the second is the evangelistic efforts of Moody Bible Institute professor Dr. Michael Rydelnik.
Last summer I had the privilege of interviewing Frank Pastore about his book Shattered. Frank is a former pitcher of the Cincinnati Reds, and currently the host of the number one Christian talk radio program, The Frank Pastore Show, which is heard daily on LA’s KKLA radio station.
Frank is very clear in the book, and on his program, that before he became a follower of Christ, he was a committed atheist. The event that set in motion his discovery of Christianity was the shattering of his pitching arm in a game played at Dodger Stadium back in 1984.
In the midst of his confusion he naturally wondered why or how this tragic event could have happened to him. Frank credits his Christian teammates helping him deal with his injury, showing him the love of Christ, and consistently challenging him with the gospel. When Frank did receive Christ he admits he was tough on his fellow Christian buddies for not being able to give good answers to his basic questions about faith.
In other words, they were not the best Christian apologists, yet still brought the message and did not give up on him. They may have not been the most knowledgeable in answering Frank’s immediate questions but his teammates were committed to sharing with him, and getting his questions answered. How tragic it would be, if his teammates had just kept Christ to themselves…
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