Brian brought up something at his website that gets me thinking about why I dislike certain kinds of evangelism. Doorman-Priest and Waynedawg made comments about it and it got me to thinking even more. So...
There was this guy who was traveling. While in a big city, he was taking a shortcut through an alley. Whereupon he was mugged. The guy was beaten when he tried to resist and left for dead.
A little while later, a fundamental evangelist was passing through the same alley. He saw the man lying there. And noticing he was still conscious, tried to tell him about Jesus. The man didn't seem to be listening well (and probably got what he deserved anyway), so he left with every intention to find help, except he was late for a meeting and forgot.
Another man passed through the same alley. He was a Muslim. This man saw the guy laying there. He knew that the man was in bad shape. So he picked him up and carried him to the street, found out where the nearest hospital was and brought him in. He even offered to pay for as much of the care as he could afford if they wouldn't provide it.
Now, we all know this story. And we always think the other person is the one in need of help. And though that is true, we need it just as badly. So the next time you see someone doing a good deed, don't just start saying, "Well, he's just trying to earn his way into heaven." Instead, realize he is telling people about a savior. And by his actions, shows that he know The Savior, far better than some of us do.
Telling people about Jesus is good. Pointing out how they fail is an okay start. But never leaving that point and forgetting that GOD created people, every single person, and that He loves them, leaves you in a cold and dark place.
Your light will not be very bright.
So instead of focusing on what they do wrong. Try instead to do right yourself. After you have shown love, then they might listen to you about Jesus. If you try to tell them without becoming involved in their story, you are most likely wasting your breath.