I would like to draw attention to these comments by Bryan Stone, author of Evangelism after Christendom, in an article entitled, What is Evangelism?
Christian evangelism, or so I want to argue, is pacifist in every way. The good news is, as Isaiah said, the good news of “peace.” But this peace is not only the content and substance of evangelism; it is its very form. Christian evangelism refuses every violent means of converting others to that peace, whether that violence is cultural, military, political, spiritual, or intellectual. Evangelism instead requires only the peaceable simplicity of an offer and an invitation to “come and see” (Jn 1:46).
This does not mean that there is no apologetic dimension to evangelism – no room for making a case publicly, intellectually, or culturally for Christian faith. The character of Christian evangelism is not only invitation but summons (cf. Webb: 27). It does mean, however, that a Christian apologetics must refuse to consider unbelievers as either barbarian or irrational. It also means that a Christian apologetics may very well have more to do with an aesthetics, since, in declining every ‘secure’ foundation for belief other than Jesus Christ, evangelism relies from first to last on the beauty of holiness made real in the church by the operation of the Holy Spirit. The very possibility of Christian evangelism, then, is premised wholly upon the faithfulness of the Spirit’s witness in our lives rather than our own ability to calculate and predict how our obedience might translate into effectiveness.
I find this quote facinating as draws together three things I very much emphasize on this blog: nonviolence, humble apologetics and thought-provoking art.
For me these things are very much intertwined.
The good news, it is it to be received as good news, must be offered as a gift, without coersion, without demonization of your ways, without defence of my ways with guns. What I offer instead is the beauty of Jesus, the beauty of his life, and way of life. You can take it or leave it, that is up to you.