Read This: “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Think: Walking the crowded streets of London a few years back, I remember a guy who stood out among the shoppers zealously scrambling for after-Christmas deals and steals. He was hard to miss standing on a wooden crate in front of a poorly constructed cross at the busiest intersection in the district. The posters strapped to either side of him read “Repent or be Damned” and “Judgment Day is Near.” He read select chapters of Isaiah and Revelations with a megaphone in one hand and a Bible in the other. Watching him, and those stuck beside him waiting to cross the street, I was both embarrassed and convicted. While his approach seemed lacking from where I stood, the reality is that most of those people probably were going to hell and at least he was trying to do something about it.