Every week, a team from our church goes out to share the gospel in the streets of our city. I am part of this group .
The Lord has blessed us with many opportunities to share the gospel and pray with people . But of course we also have had our share of rejection and insults.
Last Friday, two men from Tonga approached our group. One of them came over to me and asked me what church we were from, I responded that we were Christians. Then he asked me what I thought of gays and gay marriage.
A quick glance and I noticed that the two men were wearing identical wedding rings. First thought in my mind was that these two men were a couple. Second thought was their size compared to me, they were well over six feet in height, I on the other hand have almost made it to five feet, they were strong built and I am the opposite.
Get the picture ?
While I was busy planning a quick get away, the man asked me again,
“what do you think of gay marriage, is it right?“
“What do you think of gays? “
So I began to slowly tell him that God created Adam and Eve and that marriage was between a man and a woman. Then he asked me, “so you are telling me that same sex marriage is wrong,?”, his tone of voice was confronting and I was tongue tied. After a few uncomfortable moments he asked me if I had read Romans chapter one. Of course I said. Then he told me that I should be bold when speaking God’s truth . He continued saying that I should not let fear of man take over . Gay marriage is wrong and I should have said that when he asked me even if I thought that they were gay. I should have said that gays will go to hell unless they repent and put their faith in Jesus. He continued saying that we Christians need to stand up and be like Jesus. We need to shine His light in this dark world . And so he continued preaching . By then the rest of the group had joined us. One of the ladies in our group asked if they were Christians and they said yes. They said that they pretended not to be Christians to see how bold we were when speaking God’s Truth. So we asked them what church they attended, we were shocked when they said “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”.
At this point they said they had to go They shook hands with us and told us to keep up the good work sharing the gospel and not to be afraid to offend anyone and off they went.
The way they were speaking to us and preaching was totally Biblical and yet they were Mormons. Their Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible.
I still don’t know what to make out of the whole experience. Except that he was right . I let fear take over. Now I can seek the Lord to help me in my weakness and pray for boldness in all situations.
“On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.”Psalms 138:3 NASB