On Evangelism

Evangelism dare not call itself “Christian” if it doesn’t actively, incessantly, work for justice and, in humility, for the security and advancement of the marginalized. “Getting ‘em saved” has too often been a means of “making ‘em more Americanized,” and this form of colonization is no better than any other. Evangelism must involve at least as much listening and serving as it does preaching and teaching — that’s why “SERA,” which in Spanish means “(He) will be,” was the acronym for my ministry to Mexican immigrants. Service, Empowerment, Relationship, and Advocacy involves bringing the saving Gospel to people, but it dares not stop at “getting ‘em saved.” Indeed, many of the “lost” are far more acquainted with the Holy Spirit than those who presume to “save” them!

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