MarkHowellLive.com asks, “Do you know this game-changing connection secret?” It’s a short post that’s well worth the read. Note the difference in connectivity between the people inside the square and the people inside the circle.
In this context, reflect on my post, “Why don’t people reach out to people they don’t know?” and “The Dunbar Number: key to your…”
Remember that Rodney Stark has analyzed the conversion experience and discusses how it nearly always happens in the context of relationships. If a person does not have a relationship with a believer–in fact, several relationships with several believers whom they respect–they will likely not convert.
Here’s the bottom line: if you want people to become believers, you have to ask if any believers are friends with them.
No friendship = No belief.
And when you think about it, that has some pretty dire consequences–and not just for the unbeliever.
Will believers who never made friends with non-believers be judged in the same light as the dude who buried his talent in the ground? Bad result, that…