I'd like to introduce you to someone. His name is Penn Jillette and he is a self-avowed atheist. He regularly mocks anything to do with religion or belief in the Bible and God (or the Qur'an, Torah, or any other form of religion). Some time ago, however, in a video on YouTube, Penn shared about a time when an audience member gave him a Bible. The audience member's actions brought about some reflection on Penn's part and he recorded a video to share his thoughts. While I've included the video below, here is a quick quote of Penn's words from that clip:
"If you believe that there is a heaven and a hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that, 'Well, it's not really worth telling them this because it could make it socially awkward...' [pause] How much do you have to hate somebody to NOT proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn't believe it... that truck was bearing down on you... there's a certain point where I tackle you - and this is MORE important than that." - Penn Jillette
These are good words - and condemning ones. In our day of political correctness and never offending anyone, much of the western Church has become impotent when it comes to sharing the Gospel. But the Gospel is not some fairy tail we have the option of speaking about! This is Truth and we are commanded to share it! Is it easy? Not always. Will it be awkward? Sometimes. But let me tell you, I'm glad someone broke through the concerns of political correctness and potential awkwardness to share the Gospel with me! I bet you are, too.
My friends, let's get practicing our "tackle."