Saturday, April 28, 2007

Witnessing to Bitter People

Jordan and I got to partner up on Friday night to go soul winning, and we experienced the bitterest group of people. The first guy we talked to promptly pointed at his "no soliciting" sign as if we hadn't seen it before we knocked. Jordan did a great job at shoving a tract into the guy's hand and retracting his own before the door amputated it. Then it was my turn. I spoke to this lady who told us,
"The whole neighborhood doesn't appreciate what you are doing!" She shut the door before I could come up with a witty retort. I think she may have notified the rest of the gang, because our responses just got colder after that. We met a guy who was about 7 feet tall and pencil thin with a mustache the size of my forearm who said his house was his church (before shutting the door on us). We then approached a house with one of those little hatches in the front door the size of your head. It had bars over it and inside the bars a little door that the occupant (hermit?) could open to see who was outside. I shuttered to think of the face that would appear on the other side of those bars when that door creaked open. The man that emerged had a face much like in my picture above, twisted with bitterness and annoyance that we would dare leave the comfort of our homes and brave dangerous neighborhoods to bring him the gospel. He gruffly told us to leave and slammed his stupid little hatch. I shouted through the door that we would be happy to just give him a tract. Then, as if to emphasize his annoyance, the door knob turned and the door opened about four inches and slammed shut with quite a bit of force. I couldn't believe the guy opened his front door just for the purpose of slamming it on us! Needless to say, no one in that neighborhood allowed us to share the gospel with them. From now on I'm going to carry a squirt gun with me, and the next guy who yells at us through a little hatch like that is going to get an eye-full of water!


Brother Jones said...

Jesus said, "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23

"Street preaching" is an ancient practice going back to the prophets of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed his glorious message in the "open-air," speaking plainly to the common man. The Book of Acts records the early Church obeying the command of the Saviour to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Church History reveals that our forefathers brought the glad tidings of the Gospel to those outside their church buildings. We seek to carry on this biblical practice in these last days.

Jordan said...


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