Again with Hoekendijk on the “messianic concept of evangelism.” He argues that the Messianic concept of evangelism “means a total rejection of two very well-known methods” (p. 22). First, it means “a total rejection of everything that tends to be propaganda.” According to Hoekendijk, “To evangelize is to sow and wait in respectful humility and in expectant hope: in humility, because the seed that we sow has to die in hope, because we expect that God will quicken this seed and give it is proper body” (p. 23).
This is in complete contrast to propaganda. “Propaganda’s essential character is a lack of expectant hope and an absence of due humility. The propagandist has to impose himself. He has to resort to himself, to his word (verbosity being a characteristic of every propagandist). In short, the propagandist tries to make exact copies of himself” (p. 23).
Thus, “To let Christian hope determine our evangelism means that we move forward in a world with unlimited possibilities, a world in which we shall not be surprised when something unforeseen happens, but shall, rather, be really surprised at our little faith, which forbids us to expect the unprecedented.”