Monday, September 19, 2011

Only A Fool Mocks The Gift

Last Wednesday, Ray, Miguel Esparza (Living Waters' director of Spanish-Speaking Outreach), and I went to Cerritos College to proclaim the gospel. Earlier that day, I posted an article titled Another Look at the Parachute Analogy. In that article I shared the heroic and sacrificial story of Lt. David Kingsley who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life so that other airmen might live.

There were some people in the crowd, particularly one young lady named Tianna, who mocked the proclamation of the gospel. So, I used a twist on the David Kingsley story and Tianna's mockery to make the point of how foolish it is to mock the gift of salvation.

What you're about to watch is that open-air.

When I finished preaching, a young lady who had been sitting to my right asked me several questions. Tears filled her eyes as she shared with me how heartbroken she was over the recent death of her beloved grandfather. I was able to encourage her (and her friend) and bring the conversation back to the question of her soul--to the question of where she will spend eternity. It was a wonderful conversation. The young lady and her friend both took some literature and my business card.

I just shake my head and laugh at Christians who insist you have to "take time to build relationships with people in order to earn the right to share the gospel with them." Such notions are nothing more than lies from the pit of Hell. The enemy has effectively used such unbiblical notions to convince Christians not to share the gospel with people.

My conversation with the young lady after the open-air proclamation of the gospel serves as just one of many cases in point that proves all you need is a love for God and love for people to be able to share the gospel with someone. It proves you need not take years to build relationships, but rather just moments to establish a rapport with a person.

So, if you ascribe to this silly, man-concocted, man-centered notion that long-term relationships must come before speaking the truth in love, if you ascribe to the false notion that you have to "earn the right" to proclaim the gospel either publicly or one-to-one when Almighty God has already commanded you to go and proclaim the gospel to everyone (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15), repent. Stop sinning in this way. Believe the Bible. Obey Christ. And share the gospel with whomever you can, whenever you can, for as long as you can.