Back in Hillcrest on a Saturday evening; I parked the car, approached the meter and it had already paid. What a way to start! I gathered up the angel packs, picked up the table and began walking to the corner of University & 6th Avenue. When I arrived I instantly felt at home, just as it should be when you’re in the will of God.
I set up the table, began to pray and hand out tracts. After only a few minutes passed a young man named Javier strolled by the table. He took a tract, stopped and began a conversation. After a few minutes making small talk he revealed to me that he was angry with God because of the loss of his his mother who was murdered was murdered when was ten years old. He then asked the question, what kind of God gives the ultimatum to either believe in Him or go to hell? Tough question, right?
The Lord gave me the words to speak. I told him that his mother was killed by a lunatic and that if that person would have trusted in God they wouldn’t have murdered his mother. I also told him that not only does God give us the opportunity to escape hell but He purchased that opportunity with His own blood by dying on the cross, rising from the dead and then communicating this good news to us through His disciples and His Holy Spirit.
He did all this because He doesn’t desire that we spend eternity in hell, but instead He desires that we spend eternity with Him, in heaven. That is who God is; loving, gracious and not willing that any should perish. That struck a cord with Javier who now had a different countenance. He thanked me and then let me pray for him.
I met another young man named Troy. Troy was visibly upset by my presence in Hillcrest. He asked me if I was there to speak against same sex marriage to which I asked him for the opportunity to answer his question. I told him that God says that same sex romantic relationships are wrong and sinful, but that God also says the same thing about heterosexual promiscuity and adultery. God didn’t single out homosexuality but rather He calls all sexual activity outside the bond of marriage between one male and one female wrong and sinful.
I told him that I didn’t think I was better than him or anyone else, but I was on that corner to tell him that God loves him and calls him, along with the whole unbelieving world, to turn away from his sin and to place his faith in Jesus Christ.
I asked him if he knew that the Bible says that all people everywhere have been born broken or sinful to which he replied that he’d never heard that before. I asked him if he could agree with me that his same sex attraction was just a symptom of his brokenness that was deceiving the part of him that wanted to know God, to which he replied, yes.
I told him that he needed to be born again by the Grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ; believing in God’s power to make him new from the inside out. I told him, then you’ll receive forgiveness of sin and the new life purchased and promised by Jesus Christ.
Troy admitted that his new lifestyle was a choice and that he was not born gay. He also admitted he has a strong desire to have children of his own and that at some point in his life he could see himself in a heterosexual marital relationship.
I prayed with Troy that God would reveal Himself to him leading him to turn from his sin and begin following Christ.
I continued handing out tracts and received the reward of God’s presence within me throughout the evening being comforted by knowing I was right where God wanted me to be. It was great to be back.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5:20)