You’ve probably seen this diagram before. It’s a great graphic, actually. But since mistrust for Christians and our churches has become its own chasm, a pre-chasm if you will, something often has to be done about bridging that before a person is even willing to hear about the sin chasm and trust the cross to save them. And no amount of slick evangelistic techniques or impressive apologetics will span the gap that can only be corrected by trust.
Since bridges are built over time, and most of our evangelistic encounters are brief, how can we prove to people that we’re worthy of their trust? We can’t expect to overcome years of dashed trust to be remedied in one conversation.
Have integrity. Be patient.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends