A good word from a good friend…
Perspective not Presumption.
Why are we so intimidated when it comes to sharing the Gospel? Are we afraid that it will ruin friendships? Relationships with co-workers? Are we afraid we might get asked a question and not have the answer? Are we afraid of the moniker of “Jesus Freak”?
Take a few minutes and watch the video of Penn (one half of the comedic magician duo Penn and Teller) telling a story about a man sharing the Gospel with him after one of his performances. Penn is a self-proclaimed atheist and believes vehemently that there is no God. Watch his response to this man sharing Christ with him.
Were you as surprised as me? Penn was touched by this man’s genuine care and love. He was moved by the fact this man would risk ridicule to witness to him (and trust me, if you’ve ever seen a performance by Penn and Teller, there’s no doubt there was a risk Penn might try to make a comedy routine at this fellow’s expense). I am sure Penn’s response to this man would have been different if this guy was holding a picket sign telling him to repent with a bull horn.
And I was blown away by his question, “How much do you have to hate some one NOT to proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone when you believe that everlasting life is possible and to not tell them that…”. Wow. Camp on that question for a moment. I was seriously convicted by Penn’s response.
So I ask the question again… Why are we so reluctant to witness to people? When we share the Gospel in authentic love, we should trust God enough that the person hearing will receive our words in the manner intended. And we must trust God enough that He will do the work of His will in the heart of the person hearing His Good News.
One thing is for sure, God was glorified in this man’s obedience, courage and genuine love for his fellow man.
When signing the Freedom of Choice Act is the first thing a presidential candidate would do if elected, in my humble opinion, I think we’re in trouble. As I think back to the course of debates and interviews this election cycle, it seems as if moral issues like abortion have become less relevant and important. I’m very grateful for fellow believers like Randy Alcorn who remind us why this particular moral issue deserves as great a hearing as fiscal agendas. The following is a link to an article on Randy’s blog. I’d encourage you to check it out.
Decide as you wish about which candidate you will vote … just keep in mind, there are millions of yet unborn who are wanting that same privilege someday.
It may be Halloween…but October 31 is also Reformation Day. On this day in 1517 a monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Thesis to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Luther was challenging what he saw as abuses in the selling of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. Many think that by nailing his thesis to the doors of the church Luther was calling for a schism in the church. Actually his protest was not that nefarious. He was actually participating in the method of how issues were discussed in the day – sort of like blogging in the 1500’s. He intended his protest to reform the church not to split it. The result was the birth of the Protestant movement.
If you’d like to learn more about Luther, here’s a link to a great biography. If reading isn’t your thing there’s a movie out that does a pretty good job of summing up Luther’s life as a monk and his role in the reformation.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, I’m sporting a “Luther is my homeboy” t-shirt and wishing folks a “Happy Reformation day”!