8/5/12 Robert and 2 friends, in their 20's
Outside the White Sox game three guys were in the smoking area enjoying cigars, so I gave them million dollar Gospel tracts, hoping to start a conversation. "Its kind of a fun collector's item but it has a serious question on the back - 'Will you go to heaven?' What do you think? Do you believe there is a heaven?" "Of course I do, and I'm positive I'm going there because I go to church" one said. He believes that because he is a good person, he will have no worries, so I asked "Okay, so you believe that there is a heaven and a hell, and that some people will go to one and some to the other, and that you will go to heaven. So what makes you different from someone who will end up in hell?" Now of course one can't be a "good person" if they just blatantly say "Because I'm better than other people", so he changed the subject. "Say, what kind of Christian are you anyway? What do you think of that whole Chick-Fil-A gay marriage controversy?" They began asking me questions to try to place me in a category of some sort, but almost every time they did, they answered their own questions before I could get a word in edgewise. They turned out to be against gay marriage, not because it is unbiblical but because it's just "strange and unnatural" as they explained it. I suppose I could have just agreed and moved on, but they needed to know that our opinions on controversial issues like this need to be guided by scripture, not based on knee-jerk reactions based on emotions and ignorance. I acknowledged that the Bible teaches that homosexual activity is sinful, but then I asked "Do you think it is worse than adultery, or lying or stealing? Do you think you are better than other people? Now let me get back to the main question - how would you be judged by God if you were to die today?" They had been making the mistake of judging themselves by comparison to other people, and because of this they were looking for ways to downgrade others and elevate their own moral status. But God's standard isn't other people - it's His moral law - so I focused on the Ten Commandments as a way to help them see their own sin and need for forgiveness. Two of the three left to go back to the game, but the third - Robert - stayed to talk further. Please pray that these three can see beyond the smokescreen of controversial issues to focus on the foundational issues of repentance and entering into a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus.