Maybe you’re a great fisherman or fisherwoman, or maybe you’ve just been to a fish fry or two. Either way, you know what happens to a fish once it’s caught. You clean it, dip it in some batter, fry it, and serve it up with a side of potatoes. In other words, you consume it. No wonder folks out there aren’t jumping into our nets.
A lot of us have been taught to be “fishers of men.” But when you think about it from the point of view of the “fish,” this is a very unattractive image. Besides, Jesus never said evangelism is like fishing. He never told us to “go fishing” at all. Go ahead, read the story again (Matthew 4:18-22).