Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Names have been removed to protect the...well, you decide!

From a recent newspaper article:

"You approach ... at Drink or Crush on a weekend night and ask him what he's doing there, he'll say this:

"Are you sure you want to know?"

... is a shaggy-haired 25-year-old who wears an earring in each ear and loves techno, house and drum-and-bass music. He's also an intern pastor at .... Church

And if you do want to know why ... is at the bar, he's quick to tell you. He's there to talk about Jesus Christ along with the nightclub ministry he recently started...

"Just meet people where they're at," ... told me, explaining why bars are a great place for ministry. "We believe not to condemn people, not to beat them over the head by the Bible. We're not passing out tracts, not cramming Bible verses down their throat. . . . We want to show people we are just like they are."

Whatever about the earring and the shaggy hair.

Whatever about the music, I'm so out of touch, I don't even know what that kind of music is.

Talking about Jesus Christ, great. Developing relationships with people to do it, fantastic.

Nightclub ministry, I don't get it.

Not condemning people, what's that mean anyway? I know I couldn't do that even if I wanted to. I definitely don't have that kind of power. I can't condemn anyone.

Not beating people over the head with the Bible, hard to be against that.

Whatever about the tracts and whatever about not cramming Bible verses.

What really gets me is this, the motivation. "We want to show people we are just like they are."

I mean, where in the world is the hope in that? If I am an unbeliever, I'm sitting there thinking, if you are the same as me why are you even taking the time to tell me about Jesus?


Frank Martens said...

The key is when you say "where is the hope in that?"

There is no hope if I behave like the world. I have nothing to show that I have hope for an eternal future if I behave like them.

People are driven to be like the world and do the sinful deeds of the world because they have no eternal hope.

It all rests on love and hope.

Nikolai Francis said...

Looks like someone totally missed the point...