I have often called myself an online evangelist. What this means to me is that I am not at all shy about sharing my views and beliefs as a Christian.
However, this comes with some problems sometimes. In my mind, all different kinds of evangelism comes with their own set of problems and rewards.
In online engagements, all you have is what someone has typed. I am frequently on a forum similar in functionality as this one. Most of my posts are within the religious section of the forum for about the past year or so, but I also go outside of that section as well from time to time including a decent amount in the philosophy section of the forum.
Some things I have realized while being there…
Most people there have a very materialistic view of the world. So when you tell them about something in the Bible that was miraculous, they often say these things are fairy tales. Still, I get challenged for my views on other things as well as my Christian views on things. This might be how I come across online, meaning, sometimes I am hard to relate to because I have ideas that are off the norm. And then when I discuss those ideas with other people, they usually end up basically laughing at me because they cannot see how I got from point A to point B. It all makes sense to me, but then again, I am a fairly spiritual person so it is natural that what I say comes from a spiritual lens and what they say comes from a materialistic lens. I do not always come across the right way either. I don’t really use ad homs at people or anything like that, but sometimes I am a little less than polite when I am trying to explain myself more and more and people are still not understanding what I am saying. It’s frustrating really. Well, at least it was. I recently had a big breakthrough with my own attitude and how I dealt with things. It is actually a blessing to not get upset about what people are saying to you. This was done with much prayer.
Anyways, I feel like I am keeping at it for a long time, but I am not really seeing any fruit at this point in time. I have talked to a few Christians on the site and I opened up about my struggles with one of them and he assured me that I didn’t have to change my message and that I should not give up. He has been on the site a lot longer than I have and has lead people to the Lord from the forum. His advice was to try and connect with people more. So I have been trying to do that.
My question is really how long should it take before I see fruit from all my hard work? I feel like my attitude is in a good place, but it seems all I get are people disagreeing with me. What can I do to be a better online evangelist?