I started a thread on the Christian Forums Outreach section, and I've gotten quite a few interesting responses. I might have limited myself a bit on responding, but I did respond a little so far.
Please don't look much at the ads. I thought that it would give me a base as to the people I am communicating with...if I continue to post now and then.
There are a lot of people out there who believed they were Christians before who no longer acknowledge God. I think some people may be running from guilt who never were truly repentant and so never accepted/received forgiveness. I understand the doubts some have had, but it seems people want to run from the implications of a God that could have a ramification on their life. Some people were probably just going through the motions, and they were innoculated with just enough "religion" to harden their hearts. That's something I learned from a message online of a previous pastor...and I can fully understand how that can happen. People tune out, and it's normal to go through rebellious stages. Committed Christians will come back, and they will keep listening to the truth and do things to get back to their First Love. People who have no personal relationship with God will not have that commitment.
Anyway, that's my thoughts at the moment. I will have to carefully measure my responses, and then look for opportunities with those who are interested...and pray!
I really feel sorry for some of these people. They are so lost/wandering.
They can't understand what they are missing...Jesus' love, forgiveness, and real freedom. The freedom of knowing forgiveness, but the desire to want to please God for His and our own joy.
On a lighter note...Happy Valentine's Day ...Presidents Day tomorrow...and whatever else you might be celebrating this month!