5/3/10 Kenson, 22 Jim, 32
Today I talked with two men (Kenson and Jim) as they hung out at their car outside a Dunkin' Donuts, and they seemed typical of the secular mindset of the our day. They don't believe in God, not necessarily by choice but by neglect, because they are so caught up in day to day concerns. They are content to take a "wait and see" approach to eternity and felt that if there is a hell, it is here and now in this life. 20th century evangelistic methods are quickly becoming outdated in our world because they assume prior knowledge of God and the Bible. So how do we reach people and cultures that lack a basic Judeo-Christian understanding? We have to return to the beginnings of the church, where the Gentiles needed a whole new world view in order for the Gospel to make sense. They needed to know that there is only one God, who alone determines morality, and that we will live but one life followed by judgment, the demands of God's justice, and the hope of His mercy in Christ. Church attendance is very foreign and unlikely for most people today so instead of expecting them to come to church, we the church must go to them. Yes, Kenson and Jim were shocked by my bold approach and questions that challenged their comfortable world view, but I believe they will never forget it.