Jesus loves you so much that he killed himself so that you would receive a mass-produced and over-simplified printed flyer.
When trying to “reach the lost” for Jesus, there are no holds barred and no pop culture topics left untouched. Anything and everything can become a preaching tool. I remember my church giving us evangelism tracts to use during summer vacation as a challenge. They looked like money (see the back of the bill above) and were designed to lure the greedy sinner into picking them up. My youth pastor gave us tips for how to give them out:
- Leave them on the ground; someone will pick it up and maybe read!
- Leave it with your tip in a restaurant (I know someone who left these tracts on the table without any real money as a tip. Yeah, so Christ-like!)
- Put it in an envelope with a bill payment.
- Tuck it into the g-string of a stripper (just kidding! Though I wouldn’t put it past someone to do this.)
This style of passive-aggressive evangelism is possibly the least personal and most disrespectful method I’ve ever seen. Money tracts especially require a coward to use them. How much do you care for someone’s soul? Enough to leave fake money on a sidewalk for someone you’ll never see or know who will be angry and annoyed with your shady tactics from the get-go. Yeah, really fabulous idea!
Evangelism is Funny
First, a Star Trek spoof that makes baby Jesus cry. But I’m sure Jack Chick would love it:
What can I say? I think religious tracts are hilarious. Here are some of my favorite covers and titles:
I wonder if a heathen could make a convincing tract against theism that would look just like a Chick tract.