Sunday, October 25th, 2009
"On seeing the crowds [Jesus] felt pity for them." (Matthew 9:36)
Jesus keenly felt the need to help all. He did not preach in just one area. One Bible account tells us that he “set out on a tour of all the cities and villages.” (Matthew 9:35) What are some ways in which you can display a similar attitude? Some have made it a point to witness in parts of their territory that have not been covered frequently. This may include business districts, parks, transportation terminals, or in front of residential buildings that are not easily accessible. Others have made the effort to learn a new language so as to preach to certain ethnic groups that now live in their area or to groups that have not frequently been witnessed to in the past. Learning how to greet those people in their native tongue may go a long way toward showing how interested you are in their welfare.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 5:18, 19)
*how we treat a person can have a much bigger impact than how much knowledge we have on a particular subject. Being kind and showing a non-prejudiced attitude can really go a long way especially when talking to people of different ethnic or religious backrounds, (who may have previously experienced negative reactions from other Christians or Americans in general) ...
I recently had a very positive 'informal' witnessing experience (which I wasn't expecting), when a Muslim man initiated a conversation with me out of the blue. He made a point to mention that he feels discriminated against because he is Muslim and that Christians are only willing to discuss their own religious beliefs and are not willing to have a spiritual discussion if it involves the Qur'an.
So after assuring him that not all Christians feel that way, and telling him that I respected that he has such an interest in spiritual topics, (which is so rare nowadays), I told him that I was a Christian and I gave him a brief explanation about Jehovah's Witnesses, etc, and then asked him about his beliefs. Well after that, his whole demeanor changed, and he became really friendly and thanked me for being so nice to him and for being willing to listen to what he believes. Then he said he wanted to hear more about the Bible and what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.
Isn't it amazing how just be willing to treat another human being with dignity and kindness can open doors like that? It had nothing to do with any skills or experience I have, or any special training for discussing specific Islamic beliefs...it was simply due to how I treated him.
And the bottomline is...whether he wanted to learn more about the Bible or not isn't the point...all humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity no matter what backround they come from, or what they believe in. Jesus left us the perfect example to imitate in that regard.