"When the movie came to its merciful end and the lights came on, I stood up and turned to face the crowd (I was sitting at the front and so everyone was behind me). I said, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention?” Every head in the theater turned and people stared at me. I went on to explain to them that they just saw a movie in which Jesus was grossly misrepresented and His teachings twisted beyond recognition. I said, “Please do not think that you just saw the Jesus of the Bible in this movie because you did not. What you just saw was a different Jesus with a different gospel.” I went on to present the true Gospel to them. I talked about sin, the wrath of God and the absolute necessity for genuine repentance. I said that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. I ended by saying, “Please do not think you will find the true Jesus in this movie or any other movie. If you want to know the true Jesus, please, please go home and read your Bibles. There and only there will you find Him.”
I guess I spoke for 3-4 minutes or so. I noticed that as I spoke the vast majority of people looked like deer in headlights just watching me in stunned silence. A few, though, were nodding their heads in agreement. For just a few it seemed that what I was saying was resonating with their hearts and minds.
I relate this to you not to lift myself up as some courageous Christian. Not at all. I only did what I was supposed to do. My conscience was so violated by this film that for me to do anything less would have been sin. I did it because it was right thing to do. James 4:17 states, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
That is what struck me.. This man stood up on his crutches (he has cerebral palsy) faced a crowd of strangers and told them the truth! He was compelled to do so.. The truth of the Bible resonates within him so deeply that he simply could not walk out of that theater without telling everyone the real truth.. He obviously didn't care if someone felt like throwing their popcorn at him, or if security removed him from the building.. He spoke up..
That is what I pray for.. The courage to do that.. I'll be honest with you.. I have an excuse for why I don't do that.. I tell myself it's because I want to be absolutely sure about my theology before I speak up.. That I don't want to give the wrong information, or say the wrong thing, or put God in a bad light (never-mind that the Bible says that the Holy Spirit will give the words)..
I have even tried to say that I don't do it because I do not have the gifting that a pastor or an evangelist does. That my strength is the ability to learn Scripture and to share it when someone asks me..
Excuses! That's all they are.. Excuses..
No where in the Bible does it say "you must hold the title of pastor and have a skill for public speaking, to tell the truth of the Gospel"..
No, it says "Go and make disciples"..
He was talking to everyone.. Including me.
I know the Bible well enough to know what is true and what isn't.. I know the Bible well enough to know that knowing that Jesus loves us simply is not enough..
Someone once said to me "I know that I know that Jesus loves me and that's all I need to know."
Well guess what? It's not enough.
That's not my opinion, that's the Bible..
Justin Peters also said: "If you truly want to show people love, tell them the truth. If you want to show someone hatred, see that they are in error, know the truth but say nothing about it."
One day I will stand before God and if He asks me why I didn't speak out when he had equipped me with everything I needed to do so, what am I going to say?
"I'm really sorry God, but I didn't want people to stop liking me and I thought that they would talk about me when I wasn't around, and I didn't want them to tell me that I didn't show grace and that I was a know-it-all who wasn't loving"
In other words, "I, I, I, me, I, I, me, I, I."
Life is short, eternity is forever. Jesus was persecuted for what He said, and He said we would be also..
So that's it..
I can't be quiet.
I can't be concerned with what others think.
Because I know the truth.
And if I know the truth and say nothing;
How loving am I?
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”- Aristotle