How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?

An interesting discussion by comedian (and atheist) Penn Jillette. For me, personally, many times I hold my tongue out of a desire to make sure the timing and the words are right. Maybe I should leave it up to the Holy Spirit? I don’t know.

Hat tip: Custardy

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4 Responses to “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?”

  1. Kansas Bob says:

    I like the way that the Christian handled himself – seemed genuinely concerned for Jillette. Maybe it is a cop-out but I am not interested in arguing with fundamentalist (yes atheists are fundies) strangers like Jillette.. yet to display the love of Christ like that guy is absolutely what it is all about. Reminds me of the old tune – they will know we are Christians by our love.

  2. Brian says:

    Yes, I understand that it’s awkward to proselytize to atheists, particularly fundamentalist atheists. But, if you truly believe they are headed for eternal conscious torment, how could you not just because it makes you feel uncomfortable? As one of my old time favorite Christian singers penned in a song “You don’t ask a drowning man if he wants to be saved…”

  3. How many times have we been “well meaning” and “held our tongues” and left things to the Holy Spirit, but in reality that was just a cover because of our own “fear”?

  4. There is a fine line between proselytizing and holding your tongue… I agree that you really need to wait on the Holy Spirit, but how often do we use that as an excuse because we are afraid to share our opinion?