Proverbs 20:6Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
I went today with my father to Hollywood and Highland. He is in town and we prayed about where to go fishing. We found a free parking spot and proceeded to walk through the crowds handing out Million Dollar Bills. Many people we found had already received one the day before. I guess this was a popular fishing spot.
One guy named Troy who takes pictures with snakes for donations was very nice. I asked him if he knew what the million dollar people were talking about yesterday, and he said he didn't. So, I asked him the million dollar question, "Where are you going when you die?" He admitted to being a lying, blasphemous adulterer at heart. And, he knew something about Jesus dying for those sins. But, he didn't know how they connected. I explained to him that the Bible requires us to repent of our sins, that is throw them like a hand grenade one way and run in the other direction. And, we are required to put on the Lord Jesus and stop trusting in our own goodness to merit eternal life, but we need to rely on Jesus alone to pay our fine. We shook hands and parted as he promised to read his bible more often.
Then I came across some break dancers setting up. I thought break dancing was just a fad in the eighties, but Smurf and Cheif Raca set me straight. After they asked what the million dollar bill was for, I said I would tell them if they would let me record our conversation for the podcast. They agreed, and you can listen to what transpired by clicking this link.
This is an example of people not wanting to see themselves as God sees them. They just wouldn't admit that they were guilty in the eyes of a holy God. They said that lying didn't make you a liar, stealing didn't make you a thief, blasphemy was only a sin for people who respect God, and adultery is only for married people. I couldn't get them to see their true state, but I sure told them what the Bible said about them. I didn't cast my pearls before swine and tell them about the cross, which would have been foolishness to them. But, even though they said they don't believe in the Christian God, after today, they sure know what He thinks about their sinful natures.
All in all, it was a great day. I prayed for boldness to be faithful to my commission, to tell people the Biblical Gospel. Even while I spoke to these two, a crowd gathered around and heard what I had to say. I gave everyone tracts as they got close. I'll leave it up to the Holy Spirit to work on all those who came into contact with the Truth today. Please pray for Troy, and Smurf, and Chief Raca. I thank God that I was given the opportunity to speak to them today.
Hosea 7:13-16 (New International Version)
13 Woe to them,
because they have strayed from me!
Destruction to them,
because they have rebelled against me!
I long to redeem them
but they speak lies against me.
14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts
but wail upon their beds.
They gather together for grain and new wine
but turn away from me.
15 I trained them and strengthened them,
but they plot evil against me.
16 They do not turn to the Most High;
they are like a faulty bow.
Their leaders will fall by the sword
because of their insolent words.
For this they will be ridiculed
in the land of Egypt.