06 Mar Why You Should Carry the Anti-Hypocrite Card
Storyline Fellowship was founded with a firm commitment to relational evangelism, which some people simply call friendship evangelism. This means that we aim to be an army of loving persons who pay attention to the person one house or one cubicle over. We believe that God places people within our proximity for a purpose. We are called to live like missionaries and to build meaningful bonds with our neighbors and coworkers.
The Impact/Hypocrite’s Card
One of the tools we use at Storyline is called the “Impact Card.” You can peek at one of these cards below, but I warn you in advance that you’ll be underwhelmed. It’s just a tiny business card that contains three blanks. Those three blanks are to be filled in by you, the owner, representing three non-believing persons in your relational network.
Sometimes I think of this card as my “Anti-Hypocrite’s card” because I often feel like a faker when I look at it. I mean this in the most positive sense! I need to feel conviction when it comes to sharing my life with non-Christians. Human beings are notorious for the fake-it-till-you-make-it mentality and Christians are no exception. We recite John 3:16 and we say that God loves the worldly guy at work, but this rarely causes us to build a friendship with him. We don’t schedule coffees or lunches with non-Christians. Instead, we join more Bible studies, create additional layers of ministering to our own, and close the garage door behind us as we peer at the awkward guy next door who waters his grass in a Darwin t-shirt.
Just Looking At This Thing Hurts
I just pulled my Impact card from my wallet. I’m staring at it right now and feeling really small. Another week has expired and I’ve avoided this once again. Someday, I’ll take an active interest in their lives. One of these days I’ll reach out. One of these weeks…. The old saying may be rough but it rings true: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I don’t know how this keeps happening, but I’ve grown numb to these names. I have no idea what’s happening in their lives. I can’t remember the last warm text or check-in email I sent to pop my head into their worlds. I’ve allowed myself to slide back to default.
It happens to all of us, which is why this card works.
I’m re-committing. I’m asking God for fresh vision and the courage to follow through. Building relationships with prodigals is the heart of the New Testament, and must remain the heart of the New Testament follower.