Hand fulls of interesting and questionable characters set up shop this past Friday at “First
Fridays” (the nations largest self guided art walk). Myself…apparently being one of those characters, as I rolled up as a solo act- woman street preacher, with all the equipment, bibles and tracks haha( everyone else joined me shortly after). I asked a cop to watch out for me until the evangie men arrived; he kindly agreed.:)
Right off the bat I was fortunate enough to enter into conversation with a group of gay couples. The main consensus was, that they were “cool,” with God…they “appreciated” Him. I was able to speak with them about what it means to “deny yourself and take up your cross.” I told them they had a choice to make. They needed to choose to forsake themselves, the idolatress of their relationships and follow Jesus. Or else, choose NOT to follow God. There is no in between. They were choosing to “follow,” a God that they had created in their heads. Which I am sure we have all been guilty of at one time or another; creating a God in our own image, to suit our own desires. A God that is not just; a God that lets unrepentant people into Heaven. They realized that was a made up God. “So, if we choose to not change our lifestyle, God will not be in the picture? “ They asked, rather concerned. “Sort of. God will still obviously exist. But you will actively be choosing to not follow or submit to him. I urge you to turn from your sin and accept Gods offer of forgiveness “ I appealed to them. “Know that I know who the real God is I’m not sure if I am ready to follow him yet. But, at least I wouldn’t follow a fake God anymore,”one member of the couple stated.
Shortly after this, Marcus found me and I joined up with them. Jeremy( a friend of Marcus), came to First Fridays sporting a gorilla costume. He spoke on behalf of Charles Darwin, making all sorts of silly points about the case for evolution(he did this to show the illegitimacy of the theory) and once a crowd was formed he began preaching on creation and the gospel. People really enjoyed this, and listened attentively…however it was short lived. He had to take his costume off because two men went over and seemed to be harassing him. It was hard for Jeremy to see, so for his protection he removed the costume. I was really inspired by the person who preached on the mic next…Jeremy and Tish’s 14 year old son!!! He was passionate and clear on the mic and therefore drew a small crowd of teenagers to listen to the entirely of his message. Once finished, David was able to converse and witness to the group of teens.
Shortly after this Jonathan and Scotty B arrived. Jonathan decided it might be a good idea to preach on top of a few five foot rocks, that were beside the sidewalk we were stationed at. Jonathan jumped up on the rock where it was visible for many to see him. “Hey guys if you could just gather around real quick,..” Jonathan said. And for some reason…everyone listened. Haha, it was great! About 50+ people immediately walked over and stayed for the duration of Jonathan and Scotty’s schpeel. People attentively listened and responded to the guys…both positively and negatively. [ LoL] By the time they were wrapping up there were probably over 100 people in the crowd. Jonathan spoke regarding having an advocate(Jesus); and having someone(JESUS) pay the fine; for your sin. Come on… why would we not want that? How could we not accept such an offer?! And Scotty unpacked a few verses of Mark and spoke about faith, the legitimacy of the gospel, and then some.
The night ended as we were completely owned… Two separate men brought arguments to myself, Marcus and Walty regarding Jesus’ birthday not being on December 25th. Therefore the bible is not legitimate[sigh]… Haha, I kid…that is what happened but we were able to aware them that no where in the bible does it list December 25th at the actual birth of Christ. Scholars have maintained several different theories; the most popular being that since the bible refers to his birth occurring during lambing season, that perhaps this meant Spring. One gentleman thanked us for the clear up, but the other seemed more provoked at our simple response. “The bible is not REAL! It has been disproved by other books!” He shouted. I asked him what sources/books he was referring to calmly, in order to clear up his confusion. However, he proceeded to respond to my question with another question… “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” He yelled. ” WHO IS JESUS?” He yelled louder into my ear.[ By the way I have to shout out to Marcus and Scotty for backing me up and making sure I was protected during this time!] The mans wife tried to pull him away as I responded to his question. Marcus was able to speak with him very briefly about the legitimacy of the bible and how it has proven itself to be true. This marked 10pm, so we had to shut off our amplification…we finished up a few conversations and then headed to Mill for round two.
Round two on Mill…to be continued:) Sneak peak highlight pics below!