We might as well just put the "Explicit Content E" on this episode, cuz the dreaded word "evangelize" is gonna get used pretty often. Why does this word leave such a bitter taste is some mouths, or cause some to simply wanna give up? This word has turned into a negative phrase for many, and a task or chore for others that see it as a requirement if they want to put in the necessary effort it takes to follow Christ. Is the church doing a disservice in trying to "motivate" their people to get out and evangelize? Is there a simple trick to making it more possible for people to share their faith? Seriously, why does this have to be such a scary concept? Todd and Todd break down some of the misconceptions that seem to be broadly promoted when it comes to evangelizing.
"Oh I'm sorry, I'd love to but I can't". Would you actually love to though? Then why can't you? Are you just trying to be nice? Is this not lying? It can't be lying because we are saying it in love to keep the peace and not hurt anyone. However - we've been trained to lie and are possibly doing more harm to the other person as well as the way we ourselves might be viewed than we may realize. "It's just the way the world works" is a poor excuse and a poor way to live if we want to be viewed as trustworthy people.
We are surrounded in this world by things we "are supposed to do" or " need to do" or possibly worse, "have to do". It could seem SO extreme to say something like "I never do anything out of obligation", because that's simply not how this world works. Society has expectations, unwritten rules, peoples' feelings are at stake. Todd and Todd wrestle over how legitimate it can be for one to operate without obligation, and the implications that could create. If I say "no" to something - I'm hurting someones feelings; I'm letting them down. It simply can't be the most loving way to live in this world. To live not doing anything out of obligation seems arrogant and selfish, so the Todd's break down the reasoning and benefits behind the big phrase of "no obligation".
For those who are gluttons for punishment, we took episode 15 (recommend listening BEFORE starting this episode) and pulled it apart. We go through Genesis 1 pretty close to verse by verse by verse and discuss how and why the phrasing and meaning of the Bibles very first chapter is intended to bring clarity, despite there being such contrasting views of what it's saying. This episode is here to help bring a framework for those looking for a more solid understanding of what they believe actually took place when "God created the heavens and the earth". Was it 7 literal days? Was it the FIRST seven days? Why did God need that much time instead of just making it all ready right away? Strap in, here we go!
What if you were told that everything you were told about God creating the heavens and the earth was wrong? Even if what you were told wasn't wrong, just stop for a second and think to yourself - "what do I actually remember of the way the earth was formed? Was it 7 days? Are you saying there was light before the sun and moon were created?" There are SO many issues to uncover in Genesis chapter one if you stop for a second and try to dig in deeper. What we think is important, but why we think the way we do is crucial.
God wants us to be happy. That's true. But wait - this sounds like it's bordering on prosperity gospel, which I'm pretty sure isn't good. Todd and Todd talk about some of the ideas that the prosperity gospel has right, and what should we have right when it comes to what this joy and happiness thing is intended to look like. It's a fine line, but a seriously important distinction.
Offended easily? Then maybe don't listen to this one. Todd and Todd don't always agree, and that could be because they are decades apart in age - but it got them talking about a fairly misused and misunderstood text. Special shout out to Tina Turner for all you Proud Mary lovers out there...
With so much talking about having right thinking, what about our emotions and the way we feel? This combination of the head and the heart needing to be aligned comes with some challenges. What does it look like to focus on the head or the heart TOO much, or is that even a possibility. Todd and Todd pull apart what seems to be said in the Bible about how this combination is intended to look, and point out some of the dangerous misuses in which we may be getting it wrong.
Kids love Santa - can they simultaneously love Jesus. We tell our kids Santa is real, and surely it does them no harm. We tell them Jesus is in their hearts, does that no them harm? At some point we come clean about Santa, yet we continue to claim the picture of Jesus they had at an early age is going to stay with them through the rest of their lives. When is it that we are actually just lying to ourselves and to them. Not only that, but we think it's ok - unless someone lies directly to US, cuz then we have a problem with it.
So are you saying after kids ask Jesus into their hearts, that Jesus may not actually be there? Yep. Well if that's the case, how are parents supposed to feel about that? How are kids who are growing past that time supposed to look back and feel? If I said the prayer early on, is this all just a lie? Did it not work???
**(Apologies for the buzz noice through pieces of this episode)