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Marty and the K-Mart Atheist

My pastor was teaching from the book of John tonight. He was talking about Jesus teaching during the Feast of the Tabernacles while the Jews were seeking to kill him. He said a couple things that really stuck with me.

The first was that if you have strong feelings about Jesus you will talk about him. Love Him or hate Him. During the Feast when the Jewish leaders were attempting to kill Jesus, they couldn’t find him. In looking for him, they stirred up the Jewish people in a debate. The Jewish leaders hated Jesus. They talked about Him. Some of the people loved Jesus. They also talked about Him.

Second, the Pastor told a story about going to an evangelism school. During the training the teachers at the school kept telling him not to argue with those who disagreed with him. The lesson came home, finally, during a trip to K-Mart with some other people. he asked a man whether he believed in God. The man said he didn’t believe in God, and Marty (my pastor) began to argue with him. For 20 minutes Marty stood toe to toe with this atheist and argued the existence of God. Neither persuaded the other about God’s existence and the man finally left. Marty left feeling good about himself for standing up for Jesus. When they returned to the school to share, Marty began sharing what had happened. They teacher shook his head and said, “You can’t argue with them. You can’t outshout them. You have to outlast them.” Marty said the teacher asked Marty whether the atheist was convinced to believe. When Marty answered in the negative, the leader asked him, “Where is he now?”

Marty said, “I don’t know. He left.”

The leader said, “I mean, where will he go?”

Marty answered, “That man is going to split Hell wide open.”

The leader responded, “Then what changed? The only thing that changed was how he saw you.” Marty had gone from a caring person to being the adversary in an argument.

We can’t outshout them. We have to outlast them. Show them we are right by continuing in love.

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  1. February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    love this!

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