Family Evangelism may be the only way to win America for Christ. Turned off by television religion and inward focused churches, unchurched America presents a hard market to tap. One church emphasizes family evangelism through a program called pROject 1213. It’s not a typographical error, but a reference to Romans 12:13–“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
We get the message of their cryptic title. Remember the days when:
- Visitors at church were invited over for Sunday dinner?
- Another family had your clan over to their house?
- People out driving around town would drop in on your family?
No wonder we also remember that more people were won to Christ in those days.
Many a heart has been melted while eating Grandma’s buttered rolls. A great deal of tough resistance was broken down over Mom’s tender minute steaks. How many unchurched fathers determined that their family would change after hearing Johnny’s awkward prayer before the meal over at the church-going Johnsons?
Our houses have become fortresses to keep the world out. God said they were to be places of warmth for the world to visit. Our dining rooms collect dust while the lost eat alone. Our children are denied the opportunity of seeing the Christian family in action and of being part of that action in a natural and God-authorized setting.
Can we have open hearts and closed houses? Can we be interested in the lost and always eat alone? Can we raise our children correctly if they never help welcome a stranger?
Make a list of people to invite. Set the table. And watch God work through your family!