Boomsday and the Million Dollar Bill
September 7, 2009
2 Timothy 4:2 (New International Version)
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
My group of Christian brothers had the opportunity to handout several hundred of the Million Dollar bills at Boomsday. It was very crowded with over 200,000 people in attendance.
One gentleman claiming to be a Christian told us we should not be street evangelizing and if people want to hear about God they should just come to church. It is sad when people claiming to be Christian telling us not to evangelize. They must have forgotten of all the prophets, disciples and even Jesus preaching in the public. We got warmer receptions from pagans than this gentleman. Most Christians only apply the Great Commission to preachers.
Mark 16:15 (New Living Translation)
“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
One of the rules of English grammar is to look for the “subject” and “verb”. The subject in this passage is “You”. The “you” is implied.
(YOU), Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
The “you” is the subject followed by the verb, “go”. This command applies to everyone. We are not to keep Jesus for ourselves, but to give all people the opportunity to know about repentance and faith in Jesus.
Luke 15:7 (New Living Translation)
“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Many would say we are ruining their fun at events such as Boomsday or a football game. Yet, I rather if one person’s life is interrupted by another person sharing the Good News and they repent and give their lives to the Lord. The firework display at Boomsday does not compare to the firework display in Heaven when a person bound for Hell repents and gives their complete life to Christ.