4/13/10 Jackie, Andrew early 20's
While grocery shopping I gave MDB tracts to a young couple and told them about the Gospel message on the back. Jackie said "Oh we're Christians, we're saved" "How do you know?" I asked. "I know I'm a sinner and I've put my trust in Jesus for forgiveness." was her reply. We went on to talk about her church, an evangelical Bible church which her uncle is pastor of and which she and her boyfriend attend "once in a while". From the look on his face, however, Andrew didn't share her enthusiasm, and while she took a call on her cell phone I asked him how he felt about all this. "Do you consider yourself a Christian too?" He wasn't so sure. "Do you believe in God?" "Oh I believe in God, I just don't know if I could ever be good enough to be a Christian. I don't know if my good would outweigh my bad." This began a good conversation in which Jackie and I tried to help Andrew understand that we can't possibly ever be "good enough" for heaven, but that we can be forgiven through faith in Jesus. My hope is that this helped reveal Jackie's false assumptions about her boyfriend and open up a much-needed honest discussion for this young couple.