Christian Kitsch: Witnessing With Bible Tracts

When I came across this little jewel I knew not whether to laugh or cry. My friends, I introduce you to the humors and horros of Chick Publications.

A noble, God-fearing man has embarked on a quest to help well-intentioned, but far too meek Christian evangelicals spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. How? Through Christian tracts. Learn how to witness to all of your friends!

Shopping? Hand a tract to the chasier, leave a tract in the changing room or slip a tract into the pockets of unpurchased clothes! Want to witness from home? Leave tracts on the coffee table for guests or slip a tract into the envelope when you pay your bills!

Want to share your faith, but too mild mannered to do it? Just leave a tract. Learn how to witness to a Muslim*,

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learn how to save your Catholic friends from the pits of hell,

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and learn never to misunderestimate the power of a Holy Ghost Fire Filled Grandmother:

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! Wowsa. Right now, I wish Gutenberg had never been born. Even as a Christian, I was often infuriated by the witnessing techniques of my fellow believers. Bible tracts? Are you serious? Since I turned sixteen, I have worked on and off at a local Resort & Conference Center. During the summers Christian groups would come through every week. As I waited on them during meals, there was never anything more frustrating than receiving from them Bible tracts. Many of them actually left a “Tip” tract in lieu of leaving a tip. Its so terribly ridiculous that it almost makes you want to cry. As an aside, the Smart Cards are by far my favorite:

As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I attend a small Christian university in rural Ohio. Less that ten minutes away is another small, liberal arts college (and if I may so, a much more prestigious and respectable institution it is). It is commonly held belief that the students there are heathens, and many a good Christian from my school have devised ways to witness to them.

I remember still with a not-so-slight degree of disgust a chapel two years ago in which a student speaking in chapel rallied some troops to journey with him to our neighbors during a weekend to witness to the partiers. For those who were not so bold as to crash parties and share Jesus, there was plenty an opportunity to leave Bible tracts on every single car on their campus.

Seriously, who thinks this is effective?

*Note: Do NOT attempt this in Saudi Arabia.
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16 Responses to “Christian Kitsch: Witnessing With Bible Tracts”

  1. It certainly wouldn’t be effective on me. I imagine a combination of vulnerability to the message of hope being offered (perhaps the person is lonely or depressed) and lack of previous thought about faith/god/etc. would make someone more likely to find a tract convincing, but that’s just a guess.

    I think you’re right on with the phrase “humors and horrors!” I had a quick browse of the Chick Publications site and couldn’t help grinning at this endorsement from a satisfied customer:
    “I found a Chick tract in the restroom in high school. I was saved from reading it.”

  2. Though the tract find may have been useful if there was a shortage of toilet paper.

    Hey, what do you know .. god does save!

  3. You have to be a wuss to do this if you believe in evangelism. Last I heard, Jesus wanted PEOPLE, not THINGS (or TECHNOLOGY), to witness to people.

  4. As much as I hate to admit it, years ago I once semi-anonymously left a tract where it could be found as a means to evangelize without taking any personal risk. It wasn’t a Chick tract, but those ‘Four Laws’ tracts aren’t any better.

    Not one of my proudest moments.

    Today, a very brief search can find you a number of parodies of Chick’s tracts all over the Internet. Humor can sometimes be the best weapon against unreasonable certainty.

  5. lifelessonsfromwriting Says:

    For the record, non-believers like me also find Chick tracts hilarious and horrifying in equal measures!

  6. Tracts have their place. I find some enjoyable, thought the Chick tracts are over the top. If I were Catholic and read one I’d be more insulted than enlightened. However, that being said, there is a place for a tract in the heart and mind of an unbeliever. We know that G-d’s word does not return without accomplishing that which it was sent to do, so why do you think that even a Chick tract (citing G-d’s word) will not work like a viral seed in someone’s mind? In their heart?

    Have you really asked if someone started on a path to Yeshua Mashiac through a tract? Would be interesting to find out. Maybe one day I’ll try to find out. Google?

  7. Ramon,

    Tracts have their place. I find some enjoyable, thought the Chick tracts are over the top.

    I’m obviously speaking as an outsider, but from a marketing point of view… they’re terrible. Even as a Christian, would I would receive tracts while waiting tables, I became angry, annoyed or (on a good day) amused. It is a cheap substitute for ‘sharing your faith’ in any meaningful way.

    so why do you think that even a Chick tract (citing G-d’s word) will not work like a viral seed in someone’s mind? In their heart? i>

    Well as a non Christian, I’m not really all that concerned with the best method of spreading the Gospel. Viral is probably the best word you could have chosen though. Less seed, more infection though.

  8. Billy Graham once said, “it takes 40 people to win a lost person. The first 39 think that they did not do anything; the 40th one thinks that he did it all!” Those who think that tracts do little or no good; please read: I have heard and read of many testimonies where tracts played a part. Personal experience…I gave a tract to a cashier at 8 AM before a round of golf and then at 2 PM after changing clothes, gave a different tract to the same cashier and as I left, he said “wait, you are the second person to give one of these to me today, I think God is trying to tell me something”. Merry Christmas and blessings to all. Eph 4

  9. This topic is quite trendy in the net at the moment. What do you pay attention to when choosing what to write about?

  10. I believe that the reason so many of you were offended is because, not only did the person wh left it not try to explain it to you but they also left you a tract that held only partial truth. If you read in Acts 2 you will see what all you have to do to be saved. Yes you have to repent, yes you have to confess to being a savior and ask Jesus to come into your heart. If you stop there you have not come to complete salvation. I Acts two, after Peter witnessed to the crowd that they must be saved, they asked him what did they have to do and he said: “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission, ” or forgiveness, “of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” How do we know that this is how we are to be saved? Because Jesus said in Luke 24:49, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Endued is another word for endow. When you endow someone you are giving them something of great value. You can’t go to Romans for salvation when the Bible clearly states that they would receive the gift first in Jerusalem. The book of Romans is talking to the Church, read the whole book starting at chapter one and you will see this. Also the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues is for everyone: Acts 2 and 39 says so. I pray that this will help you all out in your quest for salvation.

  11. When I didn’t even know my heart was searching for Jesus, I found 3 tracts at different locations. I took each one knowing GOD had left them there to get my attention. I got saved shortly after. You may not think they work but you don’t see the whole picture. GOD’s word never goes out and returns void. If you believe any measure used to spread GOD’s word is ineffective, then satan has deceived you and you are spreading his lies, not GOD’s word.

  12. Sharon Batchelor Says:

    I have made my own tracts with my personal testimony that shares “My Story.” Included is the plan of salvation, a few verses and a prayer. I leave them wherever I go and pray that whoever picks them up will be a seeker. I trust the Lord will speak to their heart as they read. I guess I won’t know this side of heaven how effective they are, but I’m believing that God uses every effort and His word will not return void.
    May God bless every witness with boldness to intentionally share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  13. Swarup ( Bashir ) Says:

    KHODA- E – JAMAT
    ( MAKING DISCIPLES OF JESUS AMONG THE MUSLIMS )
    Email: khodaejamat@gmail.com / khodaejamat@yahoo.co.in
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    17th Jan 2010
    Dear
    Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus.
    A FEW PRAYER POINTS: Kindly pray For….
    ** Moyazan Bewa ( an widow ) constantly being tortured by even her own sons and they are not giving food to her. She has lost her business ( Grocery shop in her village) and other sources of her income( she also used to sell Cow’s milk ) for her new faith in Jesus. The Muslim extremists has closed down her Grocery shop and not allowing any single villagers to buy milk from her and even not to sell straws and anything for her cows.
    Yesterday, she attended at the worship services and crying as her own sons are planing to kill her. While her sons were discussing among themselves and making plan to kill her ( caught by her throat ) during night time, she heard their plans and prayed to God to protect her for His glory.
    However, we humbly request you kindly pray that God may strengthen her to stand firmly in her new faith in Jesus and He might provide for her daily needs.
    ** Bro. Gaffar Shaike & Sis. Aimazan are praising God as He has saved their lives from the hands of Muslims fanatics due to their faith in Jesus. At present, they are openly having their family prayers regularly at their own home and attending at our KHODA -E- JAMAT IBADAT KHANA ( WORSHIP CENTRE), Praise The Lord!The Muslims fanatics strictly ordered all the business persons of the local market in their village not to sell any items ( including rice, vegetables. Grocery, Medicines, water etc,etc., ) to Gaffar & his family & all other believers family, other wise their shops would be closed down immediately and even The Muslim extremist commanded the whole villagers that if any one talk with Gaffar Shaike & his family, then he & she would be punished physically with fine RS. 501. Therefore, no one is selling them any items nor speaking to them. Pray for God’s continue protection in their lives and His divine provision for them.
    ** Kindly pray for us that God may help us to stand with our dear brothers & sisters in Christ. Pray that He might provide some gifts to us for them. Please pray also for God’s protection & guidance in our lives. Thanks for your continuous prayers & concerns towards us & ministry. Please be assured of our prayers for you & ministry.
    With regards,
    Swarup & Anasua ( Bashir & Ayeasha)

  14. Swarup ( Bashir ) Says:

    Dear Brother,
    I am Swarup ( Bashir ).
    Please delete our informations of dated 17th Jan 2010 from Carried The Cross. I would be very grateful if you kindly delete our information.
    please send me your email id, so that I would be able to send our prayer requests to you via email and please do not add our information on the net. Please do not publish even this email on Carried The Cross website.
    Thanks.
    Swarup (Bashir )

  15. Swarup ( Bashir ) Says:

    Please delete my information from your website immediately.
    Thansk.
    Swarup

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