I was driving home this morning after my (amazing) yoga class and a quick (speed work) run. I noticed two well-dressed ladies handing out tracts to the Mexican guys who wait to get picked up for work on one corner of my town's main street.
Now, I used to be one of those ladies, shy as I was, handing out tracts in a well-intentioned effort to win souls for Christ. Even then, I wondered how effective handing out tracts was. I saw people stuff them into their pocket but I imagined that one day, they'd be terribly down and out, and on a chance, find the tract they stuffed in their pocket all those days ago and it would speak to them and they would give their heart to the Lord. And my efforts at evangelism would have worked.
Nowadays, I don't take tracts from anyone except really old ladies who are cooing at my two cutie pie boys.
It just got me wondering . . . are tracts really an effective way to evangelize? Do they really work? I'm way skeptical about tracts and wonder if they are worth the paper they are printed on. Especially in these days of constant entertainment and business. Do people actually read them? Does it touch anyone? I personally have never met anyone who decided to come to Christ because of a tract. But maybe they are out there.
Anyway, I cringe at the thought of some of the tracts I handed folks. Stuff that would have been highly offensive to people of other faiths. Stuff that was written to bring folks to God out of fear and not out of love. Stuff that was just plain bizarre. But I know my heart was pure and I was just trying to do what I thought God wanted me to do. So maybe at the end of the day, it's really not about the recipient of the tract exactly but about the person giving them out.