1/7/16 Michael, Dan 49, about 35
Reaching out and initiating gospel conversations at a local Starbucks, we met Michael, 49, who said he believes in heaven but is not sure what God would require for one to get there. Fair enough. But then he told us he is an ordained minister. Instead of proclaiming the clear teaching of the Bible, Michael embraced ambiguity. He was confident that, though he wasn't sure about biblical truths, his extensive study and chosen profession must favor him in God's eyes. After a great conversation we went on to talk with a businessman from Canada named Dan who had been turned off by his mother's blind faith and her expectation that he too unquestioningly follow blind faith. Don't ask questions, just go through the motions and keep up appearances. Where did his mother learn this? I believe it could very well have been from "ordained ministers" like Michael, whose credentials were based on academic achievement rather than identifying with Jesus and the cross. Jesus didn't allow himself to be fooled by religious titles or man-made honors. Neither should we.