Dear Christian World,
I realize if you're reading this, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I think it needs to be said to the Christian World (tm) at large, so I thought I'd think global and act local, ya know?
In the history of world religions, the only time proselytizing has worked really well is when execution was the alternative to conversion. And considering that that Jesus fella was all about peace, I don't think you really have that option. So here's a thought: try actually doing things the way that Jesus fella told you to. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the sick and afflicted and all that jazz. And do it WITH passion, but WITHOUT prejudice. You weren't called to feed the hungry who are like you and believe what you believe. That's a rider that got added later.
Of course, that's just the base-line. To really make things work, you have to do all of that AND live by the moral code that the Jesus fella actually mentioned. I realize it gets fuzzy here, but pray hard, read closely, think critically and follow your heart and you should be okay. THIS DOES NOT MEAN OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE BY YOUR CODE. Just that you do. MAJOR distinction there. Make note of it.
But that's only step two! There's one more step to go! The last step is the hardest, but it's also the biggy: Do this joyfully. Don't grumble, don't gripe. You are being ALLOWED to be the hand of God moving in the world. Does it make you look weird? Well, that Jesus fella did kinda mention that his ways and societies ways didn't always jibe. Be HAPPY about what you're doing. Be at peace with yourself about what you're doing.
Because what happens then is this: You reach out to people and help them and they NOTICE. And they don't only notice, they pay attention. And they see this person who is changing the world, one sandwich or one coat or one hug at a time. They see a person who is doing this not for any kind of selfish gain (and yes, getting people to join your church or come around to your way of thinking IS a selish gain). And they see that this person is living in a way that is making them happy and and joyful and peaceful. And they think "Well, crap! I'm hungry and I'm cold and I'm suffering and I am MOST CERTAINLY NOT AT PEACE! I want peace like that! I want joy like that! I want to change the world like that!" And that's when lives start changing. No threats, discrimination or bullying needed.
Of course, maybe you've tried that and it didn't work. Hmm... that is a puzzler. But I have to wonder this: If the people who see your life DON'T want to be what you are... what do they see that scares them?