When I was a kid, I was nearly as analytical as I am today. So, when I saw two kids trash talking before a fight, it never made sense to me.
For example, I would see both kids before the fight predict their victory. I remember thinking: How could they possibly know the future? They’d say things like, “I’ll kick your ass!” and “I’ll kill you!” Several questions came to mind. What’s your fighting history? Have you seen the other kid fight before to claim such confidence?
But now I get it. If you don’t claim confidence to your cause, it will allow the other person to focus on your lack of confidence and not your cause.
It’s the same concept in film. If the acting and production is awful, then the viewer won’t really care about the screenwriting. Why? Because an ongoing goal of the filmmaker is to enable the viewer to suspend disbelief. Meaning, if the viewer is constantly thinking, “This film is fake,” then they’ll never get into the story.
This is transferable to evangelism, fellow believers.
In the Bible, you don’t see John the Baptist saying, “I think you might need to repent because, and correct me if I’m wrong, the kingdom of Heaven may or may not be here.” You don’t see Jesus come up to Matthew at the tax booth and say, “It might be a good idea if you follow me…just saying!”
Now, I’m not saying that a confident presentation of the gospel will secure one’s salvation. No, that’s God’s work. But an unconfident proclamation of truth is distracting and concerning. It makes one think, “If they’re not even sure of what they’re saying, what hope do I have at believing it?”
Also, it draws too much attention to yourself and your own weakness. If you want someone to focus on your message and not you, you should eliminate both loftiness of speech and insecure proclamation. Paul, in 1 Corinthians, speaks of the first kind and I’d like to argue that the latter is also just as bad.
Just proclaim your message plainly, clearly and firmly. Take yourself out of it. It’s tough sometimes, I know. But if it’s something you truly believe in, then why are you so afraid to share it with conviction? Don’t be.