5/11/10 Jay, 17
The challenging and often intimidating thing about reaching out with the Gospel is the need to respond on the spot to wherever people are at spiritually. No evangelistic "script" or method will suffice; only the Counselor (the Holy Spirit) working in our midst can speak to people wherever they are with God. At Starbucks today I met Paul, a fellow Christian and ex-Marine, and after an encouraging conversation I moved on to the next table where Jay, a student at a Catholic High School, was doing his homework for his religion class. Jay was especially open to spiritual things due to this class but also due to the death of a childhood friend just two weeks ago. I needed to be sensitive to the pain of this loss while still bearing witness to the truth of God's word. Our conversation covered a lot of ground, but perhaps most importantly was a basic understanding of man's relationship with God as a result of our rebellion in the first few chapters of Genesis. Without a basic understanding of God's justice and wrath, the whole Bible can seem to be full of contradictions. Some of the implications of this seemed to be at odds with what Jay was learning in his religion class. Hopefully, he will look to God's word as his final authority rather than blindly accepting everything his teacher tells him.