3d printing is a wonderful expansive technology. Scientists gain ground every day in the development of printed organs that have a better chance to resist rejection by the host body. People have printed houses, and Lockheed uses 3d printed tools to make the F35. Printers give businesses the ability to fashion objects that are impossible to create with traditional manufacturing techniques.
When I was in the process of constructing my 3d Printer, people saw what I was doing and were intrigued and sometimes frightened. These same people often ask me: “Can’t you make a gun with a 3d Printer?”
I answered that question by assuring those people that I would never do that, while pointing out that there is no technology that has never been misused. To reiterated this point I mentioned that computers enable others to steal people's identity, and that a car is a weapon to a drunk driver.
This anecdote is an similar to the second type of unfruitful seed Jesus talks about in the parable of the seed and the sower; fear of persecution or ridicule. Fear can be an issue with anything, I fear a great many things, but I strive to live everyday.
Evangelism requires that we overcome people’s fears of rejection and condemnation. People are afraid, and these difficulties can inhibit people from entering a relationship with Christ.
Every tool that an evangelist uses is less than perfect. Overcoming these obstacles isn’t easy, but it is certainly possible. People don’t understand what the Lord has to say, so often they are hesitant. However, when a friendship has been built between two people, those obstacles are much easier to deal with.
Getting back to the topic of my 3D printer, I’ve had many inquires about my device. One of the most common questions is: “How long have you been making that?”.
Our society moves so fast that patience is not properly utilized. Patience should be methodical, long term, and it can be arduous at times. Instead, being patient can often mean waiting for less than five minutes for fast food. The incorrect use and application of patience lessens the accomplishments of others who are truly patient.
It took me eleven and a half years to write three novels. To some completing a task that is deemed too time consuming, is frowned on because of a misunderstanding of patience. Evangelism isn’t something that gets done quickly. You can try, but you typically end up misrepresenting the Gospel . Like tracts.
I hate tracts.
They are the stupidest, most pathetic and laziest way to evangelize.I’ve had some encounters with tracks even as a believer. While working at a grocery store, a woman wrapped a five dollar bill in a track as a tip. To a non-believer tracks show that Christianity is disinterested in treating others as people. Instead they are viewed as a good deed for the day, a notch on their belts.
When taking the low and slow path of evangelism, it can be easy to get frustrated or disheartened. Evangelizing is a distraction from an errand or a task. Sure, a tract might save years of fruitless toil. But the thing I’m doing right now is vital, and I don’t have the time.
If we want people to take the time to listen to us, we should take interest in people as people and try to strike up a friendship with them.
I can’t tell anyone how to evangelize. I think the Lord allows us a great amount of leeway in how we go about this task; allowing for creativity and improvement. Don’t be impatient and try a shortcut. Tracts don’t work, it’s a waste of paper, and it encourages impatience.
Ian is a self proclaimed “Ninja with a Pen,” with a penchant for dark humor and nerdy jokes only .0001% population finds rib shattering. His obsession of the month is making a simultaneous extrusion 3d Printer from legos, hot glue guns, and neck beard level determination. He has a 1st degree black belt and a degree in creative character killing (read: writing). The style and location of the dojo is classified for your safety.
Incidentally, he’s also sci-fi writer, his first book is on Amazon and Kindle
The World is a Foothold
And the Facebook for his series is
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