“You’re the only Jesus they might ever meet.”
If you grew up in particular parts of the church world, then you’ve heard that statement before. That, or another version of it.
“You might be the only Bible they’ll ever read.”
Well, friends. Let’s be honest. Those statements right there? They’re manipulative bunk. Manipulative bunk and terrible theology. Let me tell you why
Statements like these emerged in the hothouse of American Evangelicalism where we were taught that the single most crucial aspect of any interaction was the eternal fate of the souls involved
The prime directive was to Get Souls Saved! People’s eternal destiny was on the line! What could be more important than that