Westboro Baptist Church supporter and Last Frontier Evangelist David Grisham filmed himself shouting at children who were waiting in line for Santa. Grisham shouted that Santa does not exist and that Christmas is all about Jesus. Two men eventually prompted Grisham to leave.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
This story of a screaming evangelist may color how people view the majority of Christians, and so our outreach should counteract this negative press.
- Negative Images: Whether earned or not, most Christians are viewed in a negative light due to more extreme evangelists like this, so our starting point in outreach will be regaining trust.
- Changing Conversations:Whether highlighting the story of St. Nicholas or the gift of Jesus, there are positive ways to change Christmas conversations without yelling.
- What Would You Do? While this man screamed at people at the mall, how can Christians seek positive ways to publicly impact the Christmas experiences of others?
What is the perception of your church in your local community?
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