I have to confess I didn’t do it right, and I regret my mistake.
The other day my wife and I were at Walmart. A rather large older man approached me. In his hand was visible one of those cheap and manipulative gospel tracts so fashionable with fundamentalist Western Christians. I groaned inwardly and braced myself. What I should have done is turned around inside myself and prepared to evaluate his presentation as an instructor. It was awful. He came across as arrogant and intimidating. I should have threatened him when he approached my wife that way.
The experience stuck in my craw until I realized why it bothered me so much. It wasn’t the social faux pas of evangelizing so aggressively in Walmart, but the intimidation. There was no discernible compassion; this man was just trying to notch his holy gospel gun.
In the future: I need to assume the position of leadership more reflexively. This guy was a boor and needed to know that his approach trashed the gospel.