In the first article of this series, I introduced you to Gwydion Oak, a professing Pagan, Wiccan in particular, who, surprisingly to me, had written an article helping Christians learn how to share their faith with Pagans.
Part 1 dealt with Gwydion’s opinion that Christians should treat Pagans as people first. Accepting that we can’t win everyone to faith, and how to treat people who don’t accept our beliefs, was the focus of Part 2. In our final installment, we’ll look at the point he made first and foremost…Never Attack!
Gwydion tells of reading Christian tracts on Paganism, and finding that many attack Pagans as evil and devil worshipping people, doomed to hell. In response, he says, “the overwhelming majority of Pagans are fundamentally good and decent people…” and that to most of them, the devil “has no more meaning than the Christian god does.”
If I understand the Bible correctly, all people without faith in Christ, are slaves to sin. So much so, that true worship of the God of creation is impossible. Is that evil? I would say tragic is a better word!
As Paul tells us in Ephesians 2, we were also slaves to sin, and followed the ruler of the kingdom of the air. We did not worship Satan though. We acted according to the ways of this world in subjection to his will, and for the gratification of our sinful nature.
We too may have been good, decent people, but according to the passage in Ephesians, we were above all else, objects of God’s wrath. That is a tragedy, and Christians don’t attack those living in a tragic situation. I agree with Gwydion…never attack!
Instead let us ask the Father to help us love Pagans, and everyone without Christ, showing them the mercy He demonstrated to us through Christ on the cross.
Paraphrasing Ephesians 2:6 & 7, I hope we can pray for all who are still spiritually dead, that God would raise them up with Jesus, and seat them with him in the heavenly realms in Christ, in order to show in the coming ages, the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to them in Christ Jesus.