I read this headline today ->
Percent of Americans Believing in the Resurrection Drops To 64% From 77% Last Easter
For the whole story: Percent of Americans Believing in the Resurrection Drops To 64% From 77% Last Easter | CNS News http://ow.ly/jDGzS
Never mind the polling specifics with regards to are these the same people or not, this sure is quite the headline.
Did you know that a recent survey found that only 44% of Google news visitors scan headlines, but don’t click through. Welcome to the headline nation.
But this is not why I am writing this post. I am writing this post because it seems that if we so choose to become a part of the dialogue, we need to lose the schtick.
Albeit this is pretty funny, can we not do better than this when in response to a challenge aimed at a core component of our belief?
This was a beauty I found in the comment thread of the above story. This is where the real action lies. And frankly, if one is serious, it is a place where one can find the best training possible for facing every question possible in rapid fire and from every angle.
Here you will find that cutting and pasting from one’s mind the answers to all of life’s questions simply won’t cut it.
Here you will find that it is time for us to begin cutting and pasting from our heart the answers to these questions and statements based on that to which we believe.
Repeating the same answers or even the same light hearted jokes only play into and further establish the frozen perceptions others have of the faith in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, humor is a great tool to break the ice, especially self deprecating humor. In this, it serves as a disarming mechanism.
But, do we leave it at that or do we ask follow up questions to get to know the other person?
Do we or can we take the conversation off line?
This is what separates us from those only interested in winning the culture wars versus those interested in winning hearts.
Sadly those who have been caught up in seeking to win the culture wars efforts amount to merely a strategy that looks like one that blows in, blows up, and blows out.
Are you ready for the questions like that of which found in this headline?
How would you respond in a way that speaks the language of one who does not believe?
For me, I know this… I hope i’d pray first.