One-to-One; Penn Jillette Rebukes Christians Who Don’t Proselytize
Is an effort to remind every person at Eagle Heights that every person has a responsibility to actively be sharing and living the gospel wherever God takes them. (Matthew 28:19-20) Besides being commanded by the Bible to proclaim the gospel, common sense reveals that if we have an exclusive truth claim, (the gospel – John 14:6) and eternity hangs in the balance with hell as one possibility and Jesus in heaven as the other, then it would be wrong not to share the gospel. If you and I have the only (Galatians 1:6-7) good news, it can only be unloving, even hateful, not to share that with those we see every day who are without the good news. This truth was pointed out this past Sunday in a video blog we watched of entertainer and professing atheist, Penn Jillette, in which he is reflecting on an encounter he had with a guy who cared enough to kindly give him a Bible after one of his shows. He was visibly moved in the blog by the act of kindness, but the remarkable part about the video is that Jillette, who is an atheist, rebukes Christians for not sharing the gospel. Here is an excerpt from the video we watched:
“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there is a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think it’s not really worth telling them this because it will make it socially awkward. An atheist would think that people shouldn’t proselytize, just leave me alone, and keep your religion to yourself. How much do you have hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed without a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe it, that that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you, and this is more important than that. And I’ve always thought that, and I’ve written about that and thought about it conceptually. This guy was a really good guy. He was polite and honest and sane and he cared enough about me to give me a Bible.”
Perhaps God will use an atheist to persuade Christ-followers about the truth of the gospel. Christianity is real, let’s give the gospel One-to-One.