2/23/16 Nick and Mike 30's
Twenty years ago, I would never have guessed that I would have a friendly Gospel conversation on the street with a fierce looking man with a nail stuck through the bridge of his nose. We were talking with Mike and his friend Nick, two 30-something hipster/punk types who were strongly opposed to Christianity or the idea of any type of higher power. So why were they talking with us about it? Yet there they were with many good questions that revealed both their current interest and past effort at debunking Christianity. The energy they expended in their efforts against the Gospel actually encouraged us as we talked about the conversation afterward.
They reminded us of a man who gave even more effort in his fight against Christianity - Saul of Tarsus - before the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit transformed him to Paul and to suffer for the name of Jesus instead of working against Him and his people. Mike looked fierce with all his punk gear and especially the nail through his nose, but that would be nothing compared with how fierce Saul must have looked as he hauled Christians off to prison. We rejoiced that "If God could change Paul's heart, he could change anyone."
But Jesus famously said "I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev. 3) Maybe it's not those who are dead set against the Gospel who are hardest to reach, maybe it’s those who are indifferent. As we thought about it, we had to conclude that really, if God could change our own hearts, who are we to think that Nick and Mike are beyond redemption? We rejoiced for two reasons - for this reminder of the miraculous work God has done in our own hearts, and in the work He is able to do in people like Nick and Mike.