A couple random thoughts that I hope to pull together at the end.
I grew up with a father who was could and probably should have been classified as a Bible thumper. He could generally win any argument he was in and would do so with scripture. We came and went from many churches as they went a direction my dad did not like. There were many times I was embarrassed to be by my dad because he would be clubbing people with scripture. There were times, after I was older, where I could discern the misapplication of the scripture and was occasionally able to push back, but I had to choose wisely.
My mom was the opposite in the way she approached faith. She preferred to love people right out of their boots. She would share her faith but definitely NOT beat people over the head with it (well at least with words). Both of my parents have been dead for many years now. My dad definitely rubbed many people the wrong way, but not all. And there were some who would have definitely not known God but through him. My mom too, brought people to Jesus, but for other reasons.
We like to focus on Jesus. How did he approach people? How did he speak into their lives. And I want to become Christ-like, but I have to pause because we say this is how Jesus did things, but at the end of the day I feel as though I’m called to be an ambassador for the King. This means my mission and how I’m called to fulfill it might be differentthan answering WWJD. As a matter of fact if I look around the start of Jesus’s mission, my eyes fall upon the Baptist John. In today’s world I have trouble believing he would something other than what we view as a street preacher. No I am not trying to apply the negative connotations, but he didn’t have a “church” home, he stood out in the wilderness (street corner) proclaiming the good news.
Over zealous Christians tend to rub me the wrong way. The tactics mentioned above (by Sean O) on how to know whether to speak into their life are mentioned. Those are really good because ironically if you don’t follow that advice you are the one shouting (at the shouters) from the street corner. I do think the majority of us should be entering into other’s lives (make a friend, be a friend, lead the friend to Christ) as it does seem more effective and more in line with the model Christ presented, but… I am not sure it is all.