7/11/10 Will , 21
A brief gift of a "million dollar bill" gospel tract to a young man (Will) in aisle 2 at the grocery store turned into a 20 minute conversation and his agreement that he needs to "get right with God" today. Will had enough of a church background to believe that "God is supposed to forgive us" and that this forgiveness is easy and cheap. In this view, one is almost doing God a favor by "accepting" His forgiveness. Will thought that surely God won't punish good people who make "mistakes" like himself, so I talked about the proud and rebellious attitudes that lead people to believe their way is better than God's way as they choose to sin by doing what they know is wrong. Using a comparison of God's judgment day to a human courtroom, I helped Will to see that, just as a good human judge will punish lawbreakers, our perfect godly judge will punish sin - all sin- but that in His mercy he is willing to give His only Son as a sacrifice in our place. No, the price of forgiveness isn't cheap and I challenged Will to transfer his faith from his own goodness to One who took his punishment upon Himself.