You know, for all the talking I do, I've realized that I don't have a whole lot of meaningful things to say - at least here on my blog. I've never been one to alienate people by my viewpoints or stir the political or religious "pot", if you will. That said, I think most that come in contact with me know where I stand with regard to my beliefs and moral values.
This brings me to a question that's been nesting in the back of my head for a couple years now. I've always known what I believe as a Catholic, and I firmly believe that what the Church teaches is 100% unadulterated Truth. The question is: How does a Catholic in the workforce and social scene evangelize without alienating those around him who do not believe the same? Some of my closest friends have completely opposite world views than I do. Much of that stems from their childhood and relationships with their family/friends during formative years.
Maybe I'm just scared of losing friends, but I don't think that's the case. I have a problem with Catholics that only hang out with other Catholics and can't get along with people who don't share their same views. I truly value the many relationships I share with those who disagree with my beliefs, or just don't care about them. I feel like I'm supposed to be fostering these relationships into ones with more meaning and purpose than just a good time or decent company.
How does one evangelize without alienating or making the other feel uncomfortable?