Evangelism at the Gay Pride Parade

11 06 2006

omaha-288a1.jpgIt was a great thrill to go with friends to do evangelism today at the Gay Pride parade in Omaha. The crowd was not as 'wild' as it has previously been. Perhaps this is due to the unseasonably cool weather. However, that did not diminish the overt mocking of all things that reflect the will and character of God, as revealed in the Scripture. There were still plenty of folks to talk to and hand out tracts to; God was good to give us so many opportunities to proclaim Christ.

It is refreshing to be taught grace at the school house of rejection. As my friends and I continued to offer a wrath-guzzling Savior, who commands worship and obedience from all, we were rejected, mocked, and treated like tele-marketers interrupting Thanksgiving dinner. I am reminded that I am a Christian not because I am not gay, or because I am smarter than anyone, or because of anything other than the grace of God! In fact, God in a curious amplification of his wisdom, even gloriously demonstrates his power and grace by saving a rebel such as myself.

Sometimes I wonder if events like these are for the evangelists more than the rejectors. I know that God is ultimately working in all people, some hardening and some softening, however, I often think about the spiritual exercise that took place today as we were confronted with divine mercy, love, grace, justice, holiness, and eternality through the cross. And as we held out the crucified Savior we are reminded that the only way Christ is esteemed by sinful humanity is because God has first acted to change hearts. O' how this fosters dependence!
John 1:12-13 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.




2 responses

13 06 2006

Just as we acknowledge that any response by faith is by God’s grace, we likewise can’t personalize the rejection by those God’s hasn’t granted salvation. Our faithfulness is measured by our obedience to His will, not the number of decisions or prayers prayed. PTL for His sovereign majesty and eternal faithfulness!

13 06 2006

True indeed. It grieves the heart to consider that Christ is continually rejected. This drives us to pray that the only one who can open hearts (Acts 16.14) will do so and at the same time for the King and his kingdom to come!! May it be soon!

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