On April 14, 2023, Jeremiah Mwanga was murdered in Northern Uganda for preaching the Gospel to non-believers. He was a second-year student at Uganda Christian School of Professionals in Lira, Northern Region.
According to Morning Star News, a friend of the deceased said;
“Jeremiah complained about messages from one of the students threatening to kill him for misleading Muslims by preaching the Gospel of Christ and converting them to the Christian faith in the school. He requested prayers from the Christian Union fellowship.”
Sharing your faith with non-believers can be an exciting and challenging experience. Seeing someone embrace the Gospel and begin their faith journey can be fulfilling. However, preaching to non-believers can also be daunting, especially when it feels like your message is falling on deaf ears or is causing more harm than good. With that in mind, here are five practical tips for preaching to non-believers without stirring chaos.
1. Build a Relationship First
One of the most effective ways to share your faith with non-believers is to build a relationship with them first. Take the time to get to know them, listen to their perspective, and ask questions about their beliefs. People are often more open to hearing about your faith when they feel heard and understood. As you build a relationship, you can look for opportunities to share your faith naturally and respectfully.
2. Use Language That Is Accessible
When sharing your faith with non-believers, it’s important to use language that is accessible and easy to understand. Avoid using religious jargon or assuming that the person you’re speaking with has a certain knowledge or understanding of Christianity. Speak in everyday language and use examples that the person can relate to.
Actions speak louder than words, and this is particularly true when it comes to sharing your faith. While it’s important to articulate your beliefs, it’s also essential to demonstrate them through your actions. Be kind, compassionate, and generous, and let your faith shine through your behavior. People are more likely to be drawn to Christianity when they see it in action.
4. Focus on Common Ground
It’s easy to get caught up in differences when discussing religion with non-believers, but it’s important to focus on common ground. Look for shared values, beliefs, and experiences that you can connect on. For example, if you’re discussing the concept of forgiveness, you might draw on a shared experience of being wronged and the desire for reconciliation.
5. Respect Boundaries
Finally, it’s crucial to respect boundaries when preaching to non-believers. People have the right to their beliefs and to make decisions about faith. Don’t force someone to believe you, neither should you pressure them into making a decision. Instead, offer your perspective respectfully and leave the rest up to them.
Preaching to non-believers can be an incredibly rewarding experience when done in a thoughtful, respectful, and empathetic way. You can share your faith in a way that is positive and impactful. Remember that it’s up to the individual to make their own decisions about faith, but your role as a Christian is to offer your perspective with love and compassion.
Additionally, focus on building relationships, listening actively, sharing personal experiences, avoiding judgment, and keeping an open mind. With a little practice and patience, you can successfully share your faith with those around you and help them find the peace and purpose of a life rooted in Christ.