The term “evangelical” is taken from the word evangelize, but it turns out that most who claim to be the former don’t really do the latter.
Veteran pollster George Barna finds that just 25 percent of self-described Christians even think that it’s part of their job to share their faith.
Among those who say they’re born again, that number is still below 50 percent.
An author and long-time researcher, Barna currently leads the American Culture and Faith Institute, which tracks religious faith in the United States.
“People who have that kind of personal relationship with Christ, and depend upon him and him alone for their salvation,” says Barna “are less and less willing to share that kind of gift with other people.”
Evangelism is a common tenet of the Christian faith, since the belief is “lost” people are unaware of the message of gospel unless they are told.
Penn Jillette, the Las Vegas magician who is an atheist, famously suggested that he doesn’t respect Christians who don’t evangelize, when he was approached by a man after a show and handed a Gideon Bible.
“How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” Jillette asked in a video (see below) from 2009. “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”
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