[EdiTOR's Note: When Bryan first submitted this post, I thought it was a cleverly "deceptive" spoof.
However, Bryan happens to conceptualize and write programming code for mobile applications. The idea he writes about below is actually a real, mobile application he developed.]
When I’m on the bus, there’s occasionally someone on there that likes to talk on their phone and doesn’t really care who can hear them.
I can’t help but fill in the other side of the conversation.
I figured other people did this as well.
It then occurred to me that this could be used as a form of evangelism.
The issue with other evangelism techniques is that they require you talk to people. However, some people are very introverted and it’s difficult for them to approach strangers – let alone share their faith.
That’s right folks, no more worries about approaching people, asking them questions, and dealing with their answers that you may not be prepared for. How does the mobile app work?
- Install the E^2 app onto your smartphone (Beta version currently only available for Android phones) – if you don’t have a smartphone, E^2 is a good way to justify getting one.
- Browse the E^2 listings for a selection of evangelism scripts to follow – there are many scripts from “Intro to God” to “It’s Brimstone Time! “
- Download the scripts you want to use.
- Ride on public transportation and wait until there are people around you to eavesdrop on your conversation.
- Discreetly start the E^2 app, select the script, and hit “Go for Jesus“.
- Now put your phone away.
In 15 seconds, your phone will begin to ring. But don’t worry, it’s a fake ring from the E^2 app.
Next, you answer your ringing smartphone.
The recording coming through the phone is simply phrases that you’ll want to repeat, as if you’re carrying on an actual conversation with a live human.
The app will guide you through the process of leading those around you to Christ.
Here’s a sample, one-sided script – remember, the app is just feeding you the lines through your phone’s earpiece so only you hear them, allowing you to repeat them out loud.
Yeah. I’m just heading home from work. What’s up?
Really?….That’s terrible. Tell me what happened.
I see. Tell me more details.
OK, OK, that’s probably telling me way too much at this point.
Yes, I know you’re devastated. But there is hope.
Of course I’ll tell you.
In the Bible, God assures us that he can help us through anything.
I’m glad that helps.
I’ll see you this weekend. Bye.
Or here’s another script if you’re trying to crack those “hard shells” of some of your fellow passengers.
Hello? [Note: in any script, feel free to customize your greeting like "J-Man here" ]
Yeah, it should be a great game this weekend. I’m really hoping for (SPORTS TEAM) to win big.
I think (PLAYER ON TEAM) will help them through it.
You don’t think so? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Well, I know you’re worried about the game, but do you know what you can do with your worries?
No, that would be kind of weird. You can cast your worries.
Of course I’ll tell you who you can cast your worries upon. God.
I know this because it’s in the Bible. 1 Peter 5:7. I’ll read it to you since you don’t have a Bible handy. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Yes, God does care for you.
I know He cares for you. How could someone who doesn’t care give His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)?
You can say the sinner’s prayer right now.
If you want to wait that’s fine. I’ll walk you through it tonight while we’re watching the game and eating pizza.
At this point, you’re pretty much guaranteed the entire bus is going to be saved right along with you.
Question: What scripts would you write for E^2?