Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 160- Outside of the Bible Belt

In downtown Minneapolis last night, I received a small dose of what it is like witnessing outside of the Bible belt. Just about everyone that I spoke with did not have a church background, everyone except Seth. Seth grew up a son of a Lutheran pastor. He described himself as someone who is burned out with church. He has not attended in years nor does he care to go back. He is fearful of death and explained to me that he has his own set of beliefs. I wondered if Seth truly knew what he was rejecting so I asked, "Seth, what was your relationship with Jesus when you were growing up, and how would you describe your relationship with Him today?" He looked a bit confused by the question and said, "I don't have a relationship with Jesus and I didn't growing up." This is exactly what I suspected so I shared with Seth the reason why we need Christ. The look on his face indicated that the concept of him being a law breaker and Christ paying the penalty of our sins was news to him. After I had shared the gospel, I took some time to get to know Seth. I asked him about his parents, his family, and his current lifestyle. By the end of our conversation, I felt like Seth and I had become friends. We shook hands and I reminded him that I did not want him to go to Hell. I pleaded with him to think about what we had discussed. He told me that he would. I believe him.

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