Divine Appointments in Unexpected Places
- Wednesday, September 28, 2005
As I was walking from my car to the front door of our ministry offices, I noticed a man in a black jacket riding a Moped through the adjacent alley with three dogs tagging along. He stopped in front of one of the office windows and peered inside. When he realized I was watching him, he said, "Excuse me. What kind of business is this?"
"A Christian ministry," I told him. I thought this might be a good witnessing opportunity, so I bent down and struck up a conversation with his dogs whose names were Tiger, Sarah, and Samson. After I engaged in a couple minutes of doggie talk with the pooches, the man (whose name was also Kirk) said, "Hey, you look like that guy!" He told me that he had seen me recently on television talking about God and asked, "What made you go that way?"
I shared my story of being an atheist turned Christian and asked him to tell me his story. He unloaded his whole story on me almost as if he needed someone to talk to.
He told me that he was married but had lost his job. He admitted he had been using cocaine and loved to smoke marijuana. He had lots of guns at home and had recently tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with a chain in his garage. He said, however, that he wasn't "strong enough" to go through with it and had put his head through the homemade chain noose only to see what it would feel like. I gulped.
This guy was really nice. He was polite, had a smile on his face, and to look at him you wouldn't know anything was wrong. I asked him if he believed in God. He said, "Sure I do." The rest of our conversation went like this:
"What do you think happens when you die?"
"I'm not sure."
"Well, would you consider yourself a good person?"
"Yes, I think so."
"Do you think you've kept the Ten Commandments?"
"Well, I can take you through a few of them and you can see how you're doing. Is that okay?"
"Have you ever lied?"
"Oh yes. Many times."
"What does that make you?"
"Have you ever stolen anything, no matter how much it cost?"
"Yes I have, and that makes me a thief."
"Right. Jesus said, 'Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her..."
"Oh yes, I've committed adultery many, many times."
The tone of his voice changed and he dropped his head, resting his chin against his chest. He was suddenly quiet. I continued.
"Sir, you just admitted to being a lying thief and an adulterer and you've got to face God on Judgment Day. If God judges you according to the Ten Commandments, do you think you'll be innocent or guilty?"
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