So I have played indoor soccer every Friday for a while. And there are two things that annoy me that the other players do. One is when they kick it away without looking and send it right to the other team. The second is when they play goalie, most of them will turn away from the ball in order to minimize the pain of being hit . Well I was sitting here at my computer and realized that both of these could be used as great examples of how to evangelize and how not to.
The first example is perfect. Look before you pass. Don’t just go around proclaiming the word of God to everyone straight from the Bible. This is a great thing to do but you really won’t get many converts this way. In fact it will probably make people not want to convert because you look annoying. Instead get to know whoever you're trying to convert. Don’t talk to them about Catholicism at first just get to know them and be friends with them. Then you know what will be more likely to get them hooked as it were. You’ve looked and now you can pass. Say you found out this guy likes hanging out with other youth. Well, you can invite him to your youth group or a youth conference before you ask him to go to Mass. Or say they really like music, you can invite them to come to choir practice and then sing at Mass with them or something. So that’s my first word of advice: Look before you pass.
The second example is also great. Don’t be afraid of the ball. People are going to ask you questions. This is a fact. They are going to want to know why you do things certain ways. “Why don’t you eat meat on Fridays? Why do you always go to Church on Sundays? What are Heaven and Hell? How is Jesus the same Person as this Holy Spirit Dude?” They are going to ask you questions and lots of them. So know your stuff and don’t be afraid of them. Don’t say, “Oh, I don’t know” and change the subject. If you don’t know grab a Catechism or Bible or computer if you can and look it up. If you can’t do that ask someone else. But don’t be afraid of the questions. And really if you show that you know your faith well he/she will then have a much more positive view of your church and faith. So remember: Don’t be afraid of the ball.
So these are my two Soccer/Evangelization tips. Know your friends and know your stuff. Now go out there and score some goals!
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