3/15/10 "Zach", 29
At the grocery store I used a MDB tract to start a conversation with a young man. I asked if he had any kind of spiritual beliefs, and he immediately brightened up and said "You know, I was just talking to my friend about that. I mean, how could all that we see possibly exist if there wasn't a maker behind it.?" Zach (name changed) had attended a Baptist church in the suburbs as a kid, but stopped going to church when his parents divorced and he moved to the south side of Chicago at age 17. He has worked as a cable man and told how he was "saved' 3 years ago after a conversation at a customers house while there to fix the cable lines. Zaron's understanding of being saved, however, didn't include repentance as he freely admitted to continually getting high, frequenting a strip club, and sex with his girlfriend. He was filled with excuses and rationalizations for all this, especially feeling that "it doesn't hurt anyone". He claims he regrets doing it, but isn't willing to stop, doesn't want to make any promises to God that he can't keep, and doesn't want to ask for help because he fears what God will do to make him stop. In addition to misunderstanding repentance, Zach also misunderstood belief, not knowing at all what he had put his belief in when he got "saved". We talked for nearly an hour there in the baking aisle, and Zach sincerely appreciated the time I took to talk with him and explain everything to him. He especially appreciated it when I prayed for him right then and there, and when I invited him to visit our church he asked all about it. He left counting the cost, and I pray that he will choose to love God -and his own eternal soul - more than he loves his sin.