I never cease to be amazed by the methods used by evangelical Christians to attempt to convert unsuspecting ‘heathens’ into belief. At my local university, the Christian group posted a pamphlet with the large headline ‘FREE ACCOMMODATION’. Obviously, that would catch the attention of anyone. What followed the headline made me laugh (and say a couple choice words). It was a quote from the book of John, where ‘Jesus’ proclaims that there are many rooms in his father’s house. Below the verse were a number of tear-off tabs listing a phone number for follow-up and the website for the Christian student group. I could not help but be the first to grab the details, thinking it would be good seed material for my blog 🙂
Really, I shouldn’t be surprised – I’ve been exposed to all manner of campaigns to lure people into the church, all in the name of evangelism. ‘We’ve got to save them from hell’ was always the plea, and what with such dire consequences, who wouldn’t in their right mind want to do their utmost to ensure that people at least have the opportunity to make the decision to choose heaven? I now wonder why God would have to use devious and false methods to ensure that people believe in him? Surely if this God is the source of Truth, then he would easily promote belief in himself without resorting to marketing that is even below most political and commercial advertising.
These campaigns really seem to be driven more by desperation than genuine concern. There may be a few gullible souls that fall prey to their calls, but in such an environment as a university which tends to carry the more intellectual and enlightened, the only common response I can imagine is a scoff.