We all know someone who has drifted away from Christianity. Maybe you have been a drifter yourself. People can drift away from God no matter what their personal faith is like.
Outside influences are usually what cause the drift. Non-Christian friends were the ones I saw pushing a person who wasn’t strong in their faith into becoming a drifter. The drifter became lost and confused about what was going on in his life. He started to go against the morals he once held. He became an underage partier, a totally different person, someone I no longer knew.
Watching the Fall From Faith
As an outsider, looking in on someone who is drifting away from the faith is a hard sight to see. Their life is basically being ripped from them. They are a person no longer morally or faith based.
The drifter is not the only one who gets hurt. When they drift, they hurt their loved ones and God.
The pain in knowing someone is lost is hard. People close to the fallen start to question how they could have saved the drifter from the fall. They go back and look to see if there were signs. The drifters you don’t see transitioning from a believer to a drifter are the hardest to save.
Everyone is different, therefore everyone’s drift will have different signs. A major sign is a change in the person’s behavior. They make themselves isolated from those around them. Another sign is attitude change and the way they think about certain things. If a person starts to question their life, that is a warning sign of the beginning of a drift.
Picking the Fallen Back Up
When reeling in someone who is drifting away from the faith, do it with love. When people drift, their heart changes, and they don’t act the same as they did before.
I confronted a friend who had fallen a few years ago. When I thought about how much God loved this person, it made me sad that they could not see it themselves. Even though I was sad, I had to go into this conversation strong.
I made a list of things that I would talk about with my friend before meeting up. I made of list of examples of God’s work in their life, but also my own. I found scriptural references to show my friend that God loves them so much.
Making your move to help the person who fell out of faith is so important. You have to be proactive; don’t wait to see if others will step in to help. Come into the conversation with light small talk. Once you have gotten the person’s attention, ask about how they are doing, etc. Then transition the conversation into bringing them back from the fall, but try not to come off too strong and self-righteous.
Explain to them how important their faith is and how they have changed since they drifted from the faith. Show them God’s love through you. If the person is unwilling to hear what you have to say, don’t feel discouraged. You can try again.
The most important thing to know is that when someone falls out of their faith, God never stops loving them.