Eternity is rushing towards us.
You and everyone else must be ready.
Elton John passed through Atlanta recently on his Farewell Tour. Man, he has been around for a while! So I went downtown to do some witnessing the night of the event.
As I was handing out tracts to the folks going in, I noticed a lot of people would not take one. That happens, sometimes, at events where the crowd is more on the “rich” side. For many of them, money is their god and their $100 tickets become their status symbol. I typically say, “Did you get one of these?” and most times, people will take a tract. However, this time, there were a lot of hard hearts that just looked down and passed me by. So, I changed my strategy a little bit. I started saying, “Merry Christmas,” and then a few more people started taking tracts.
When things hit another lull, I decided to change my strategy again. But this time, I looked at people and said, “Sir, are you born again? Are you saved?” or “Ladies, are you born again? Are you saved?” Well, that question sure stirred things up. Some just mocked and laughed.
And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
When you talk about eternal truth with people, you will get all kinds of reactions. But no matter what the reaction is, our job is to give them the truth they need to prepare for the moment they die.
Others said, “I am good.” So I replied back, “Are you good enough to go to Heaven?” Well, that got some people to start talking. I let them know that no one can be “good enough” to go to Heaven, but they must be “forgiven enough” to go to Heaven.
A couple of people said, “I am Catholic.” Interesting how those Catholics knew there is a difference between being Catholic and being saved, but many evangelicals don’t realize there is a difference.
One guy answered, “Twice!” I let him know that we only have to be saved once, according to the Bible.
I had a couple of people tell me they were Jewish. So I asked them, “Do you think Jesus, Yeshua, is the Messiah?” That question started two really interesting conversations. Good seeds were planted.
During a lull in the action, I got into an amazing discussion with a guy standing on the sidewalk with his luggage! He wouldn’t take a tract, so I just started talking. He actually worked for the stage crew who built the stage set. He had just flown in and was waiting for his Uber driver. He couldn’t go anywhere until his ride showed up! One thing that drove him nuts was hypocrites. He said they just drove him crazy. We were standing near the entrance of the arena where like ten metal detector stations were set up. You know, those areas where security makes sure you don’t bring a knife, gun, flamethrower, rocket-propelled grenade launcher, or an unmanned drone into the venue!! So I said, “Let’s say you were going into the concert tonight, and one of those security guards gave you a terrible time. Would you let that stop you from enjoying the concert?” He said, “No way.” I said, “It is the same thing here. Just because you have seen some hypocrites, don’t let that stop you from finding out who God is and what happens when you die.” He liked that response. Then I said, “Do you believe there is a God?” He didn’t even hesitate. He said, “Yes!” I actually wasn’t expecting that answer, but sometimes, you never know what people are going to say. At the end, he let it slip that his mother is a very strong believer. Loves the Lord. So you know what this coincidence was: Momma was praying for her son and God opened up a door for me to chat with him! Thanks, Mommas, for all of your prayers out there. God is listening! This man ended up taking a One Second After You… booklet. Please say a prayer for him.
When people walking in told me they were born again or saved, I would say, “What inside of there is going to glorify the Lord tonight?” Well, that prompted a few nice reactions from people! Many just walked away, essentially saying, “Would you please let me sin in peace tonight.” One young man, toward the end, told me nothing was going to glorify the Lord in that place. He came up to me later and said he didn’t buy a ticket and was not going in. He made the right decision.
One of the saddest moments was when another man, who said he was saved, wanted to debate me. I asked him, “What in there is going to glorify the Lord?” He wouldn’t give me an answer. I said, “Look around at all of these lost people. Are you going to do anything to impact any of these people’s lives?” He said, “Yes, I am! My wife and I brought a lost person with us!” My jaw about hit the concrete. I looked over, and there they were. So instead of taking a lost person out to dinner and discussing eternal matters, now we take them to “Sinfests” to feed their flesh, and ours as well. I guess that is the new take on friendship evangelism! The visible church seems to have hit a new low. I told him and others that Elton John will not help anyone get closer to the Lord.
When people told me they were Christians, I told them to pay close attention to the lyrics of Tiny Dancer, which was on Elton’s set list. Check out a few of the song’s lyrics:
Jesus freaks out on the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
- Tiny Dancer, Elton John
Yes, Elton John is, and always has, mocked those of us who hand out tracts and try to reach the lost. That is just his style.
Elton has also done more to promote homosexuality in our world today than almost anybody else.
Here’s a statement he once made about Jesus Christ during an interview:
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”
Elton is in for a world of eternal hurt unless he repents and believes upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. Please pray for his soul.
Another neat thing that happened was someone took this picture of me talking to one of the police officers there. He’s under the street light.
Micah, the officer I am talking to in the photo, pulled out his phone to show me a picture of his 5 ½ year-old daughter. I told him, “I knew you when you didn’t even have children!” I guess I have been out on those streets a long time. Please pray for Micah’s soul as well.
One guy came up to me and said, “I met you 17 years ago at the Kensington Marta Train Station!” I replied, “How in the world can you remember a stranger from that long ago!?” God is good.
I just want to encourage all of you “Jesus Freaks” out there to keep handing out “tickets for God,” no matter if the world laughs and mocks you, or not! Stay bold for the King!!
Until the nets are full,
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