EAU CLAIRE, Mich. --- Shyla DeMurr, a committed Seventh-day Adventist, has been practicing the "Living the Sermon" method of evangelism for well over a decade and thinks that she may have to talk the walk as well now.
After years of hearing about how Christians should behave, DeMurr decided to let her actions and deeds do the evangelizing for her. She prepared answers for the many questions she expected people to ask her when they noticed how peaceful, loving and non-addicted to drugs her lifestyle was. However, the flood of questions didn't come.
"I always made sure to bring a vegetarian lunch with plenty of fruit to work," said DeMurr. "But so many people are health-conscious nowadays that they hardly noticed. Actually, someone did say something about my Stripples the other day, but that was only to tell me that I should probably lay off on the overly processed, salty veggie meats."
DeMurr also takes time each week to volunteer with organizations outside of her denomination. She makes sure she is kind, patient, loving and friendly. The only problem is that most of the volunteers are the same way.
"And some of them don't even go to church!" said a very surprised DeMurr.
DeMurr lets all of her friends, family and acquaintances know that she won't go out and do social activities from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, but is flabbergasted that most people are respectful and quietly accepting of her decision. "They usually say, 'Sure, no problem! Another time then!'" said DeMurr, sadly shaking her head.
Having spent most of her time steeling herself for insults, arguments and confrontations that might arise when people ask about her beliefs, DeMurr was wholly unprepared for the utter lack of curiosity.
"It's come to the point where people think it's impolite to ask others about their religion," complained DeMurr. "I might actually have to make an effort. Like, I think I might actually have to talk about Jesus with people instead of waiting for them to come up to me. Bummer."
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