This American Life aired a story this past weekend you’ll enjoy hearing.
The theme of the show was “This I Used to Believe” and one of the stories revolved around a Christian high school football coach and a woman who was in email correspondence with him:
This past Christmas a story swept the internet about a football coach at a Christian high school in Texas who inspired his team’s fans to root for the opposition: a team from the local juvenile correctional facility. Among the thousands of emails that the coach received in response to his actions, one stood out to him. Trisha Sebastian mentioned her loss of faith, and coach Hogan got a message from God that he was meant to bring her back. We eavesdrop on their phone calls.
What begins as a story about a Christian man evangelizing to a woman who has lost a close friend soon becomes a story about a woman getting frustrated when the Christian’s attempts at “saving” her just make her madder and madder.
It’s a lesson in how not to evangelize. The Christian just keeps digging himself into a deeper hole.
Hint to Christians: Don’t mention that Hitler got his worldview from Charles Darwin. Or mention Nazis in an argument. Ever. (I thought Trisha’s reaction to the Hitler remark was *hilarious*.)
You can download the episode for free. The story begins at the 20:07 mark and lasts about twenty minutes.
(via Doubting Even Thomas)