Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Equal Time - the RNC seeking donations

A couple of months ago, the Obama campaign called my home seeking donations. I turned a political conversation into a witnessing opportunity. Some may claim that I was biased and would not do the same for the other guy. On Sunday, Oct. 26, I had the opportunity to show the lack of bias.

After listening to all the reasons why the RNC needs money – he’s a socialist, we have to stop Pelosi, they will try anything, blah, blah, blah – I attempted to change the direction of the conversation.

I was very disappointed because I was not able to make much progress. Trying to remember the script from the Obama caller, I asked her what will it take to get to heaven. She responded that it would take a good Christian. That was a half way decent answer, though sitting in garage does not make someone a car. So, I asked her, what does that look like. Initially, she said it would take a long time to answer, but then she cut me off. She said her calls were being monitored and she could not answer a question like that because they have very strict rules. I told her that I had a similar conversation with an Obama caller, but that got me nowhere.

Then, I pointed out that matters of faith are more important than election results. She acknowledged that many of the people she called had similar sentiments. With that, the conversation ended. Maybe there was something I could have said that would have kept her on the phone. Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the RNC.

Regarding other callers, I have to admit that I've let them hang up, missing perfect opportunities. I pray that I will do better in the future.


Now Lord . . . enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

Acts 4:29

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Drive Thru Witnessing

This is a great witnessing tip. This works when you are going through one of your favorite fast food restaurants. Yum yum. Here Trish drops off tracts with the cashier and pays the bill for the car behind her.

I haven't paid for the car behind me, but every now and then I give a million dollar bill to the cashier. So far, I haven't had anyone in the drive thru resist a million dollar bill. Last week, I had to remind one young man that he cannot deposit the bill at the bank around the corner.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Christian Salesman uses the Good Person Test/Way of the Master

I am not trying to promote the product that is being sold on this website entitled Selling Among the Wolves. I was impressed on that the author almost missed out on a witnessing opportunity. In the article, the author noted that the last thing he wanted to do was witness to the nearby beer drinker on the airplane. It was after being convicted by the Holy Spirit, that the author decided to witness to this man. Not only did this author try to witness to the guy, but in trying to persuade him, he took the man through the good person test. Take a look at the article entitled "Two Beers Please" from October 23, 2008 and the rest of the article here.


In the time that remained, I asked him if he had ever lied, cheated, stolen or committed adultery. While not being specific, he readily agreed that he had done some of those things. I shared with him that we all have done things like that and we all have fallen short of the standard God has. I let him know there was nothing we could do that was good enough to make it right with God, that Jesus came and gave His life to pay the price we could never pay and give us a life we could never otherwise have.

Amazingly, his heart was pricked and I asked him if we could pray with him to receive Christ. After explaining that a little, the three of us took hands and we all three prayed. His prayer was repentant, genuine and moving. As the plane touched down on the runway he became a new creature in Christ, smiling, teary eyed and holding on to my wife’s hand all the way to the gate.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Posting Articles - Bailouts and Persecution

I feel like I am far behind the rest of the world in putting these blogs together. There are two articles that are before me that I feel are worth linking to and commenting. The first is from a financial site entitled "Mortgage Bailout Passes, Finally, Now What." The second is from J. Lee Grady of Charisma Magazine, entitled "In India, They Hack Christians to Pieces."

Now, what does the latter article has to do with the former? In Grady's sub-title he writes "Before you spend time fretting about the drop in the stock market, pray for Indian believers who have been attacked in the state of Orissa." The following quote, which is highlighted in the article is telling "While we are complaining about high gas prices in the United States, some Indian Christians are being doused with gasoline and set on fire." Indeed, we worry about bank bailouts literally hundreds of Indian Christians have lost everything -i.e., homes, possessions, their lives - simply because of their faith. This is truly suffering for the sake of righteousness.

Complaining about my inability to decorate this blog is insignificant in light of what our brothers and sisters are enduring in India's state of Orissa.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Obama Caller Seeking Donations

I've posted this story on about two or three different locations (if not more), but I still enjoy sharing it. I need to do this more often and confess that I do not do this enough. This is probably the best way to respond to those unsolicited phone calls that you receive at home with someone asking you for money or seeking your responses to a survey. Enjoy.

For more than two weeks in August, the Obama people had been calling our home looking for a donation. On Friday, August 15, a man was on the phone and asked for my wife. I told him she was not home and he hung up. They called again on Saturday, August 16, and I said I will keep them on the phone. This time it was a woman and she asked for my wife. I said this is her husband. She then started talking about victory in the primaries and the need for contributors. I told her that I am also receiving phone calls from the McCain campaign. Then, I told her I was not committed one way or the other.

I asked her about judicial nominees and she said Obama would pick someone who followed the Constitution (Sounds like I caught her in a lie).

Then, I asked her if I could ask her a few questions. I said, so what do you think it will take to get to Heaven. She said you have to be a good person. You have to be someone who believes in people and someone who believes in animals (huh?). She then talked about how a horrendous person whom she knew was a heroin addict and turned his life around and changed for the better. (nothing about faith in Christ, repentance etc.).

I then asked her if she was going to Heaven. She said, she did not know. I asked would you like to take a test. I referred her back to her good person comment and went through the good person test. Have you ever told a lie? Yes. What do you call a person who tells lies? Human. But would you call a person who told lies? When I was a child I would call them a liar.
I asked have you ever stolen something? She said when I was a kid I stole a comb. What does that make you, besides a Pittsburgh Steeler? A thief. Then I asked her about taking the Lord's name in vain and if she was ever angry with someone.

Next, I said, if you stand before God will you be innocent or guilty. She returned to this whole good person thing. She was really big on "reforming oneself." I then went straight to saying Jesus said that you must repent and put your trust in him. (whoops, I skipped a step. More practice needed).

She complained a little about trusting Jesus and I explained the difference between receiving Jesus and being a false convert. I used a person who prays a prayer then continues to go to strip bars as an example of a false convert. I talked about true repentance and referred her to Psalms 51. I also told her that feeding the homeless or going to a missions trip in Haiti will not save her. I talked about how salvation is a supernatural work and Jesus will change you from the inside.

I ended by letting her know that I appreciated her talking to me. She also indicated that she appreciated what I had to share. And after two weeks of calling my house everyday, the calls from the Obama campaign had ceased.

Finally My Own Blog

For nearly a year I wanted to set one of these things up, but it seems that I've been too busy to set one up. So finally, I have sat down to start a blog. For now, I am calling it a Warrior's Two-Edged Sword from Hebrews 4:12. I am an attorney. But more importantly, I hope that people recognize me by my faith. I would like to use this page to present my thoughts on matters of faith and the practice of law. Of course, you must understand that nothing on this page constitutes legal advice and should in no way be construed as a legal opinion, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

Rich