DATE: 4/08/2004 12:50:00 PM
Bad Evangelism - This Sunday is Easter. Churches around the country are opening their doors to newcomers with special presentations on the meaning of the holiday and what it means that Christ rose from the dead. It's a wonderful time of year, a holiday of hope for Christians.
Unless you belong to this church.
It may not have been as gruesome as Mel Gibson's movie, but many parents and children got upset when a church trying to teach about Jesus' crucifixion performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs.Yup, these guys were flogging the Easter bunny in front of children and calling it evangelism.
I had always thought "Hell Houses" were the absolute low in community evangelism.
I was wrong.
There are better ways to share your faith. Many, many ways. Yes, Easter is becoming more secularized. The way to fight that, though, isn't to mock the secularists and scare the daylights out of kids. It's to show what the holiday is really about in a way that glorifies God.