Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Hatred of Silence

The holidays are just around the corner, which means a lot of readers of this blog will be spending time with people who do not share our convictions about Jesus. I know firsthand that it can be awkward to talk to these relatives and friends about Christ.

But in this video, even an atheist implores us to do so. Penn Jillette, of the comedy team Penn & Teller, basically says we're hating people if we don't tell them about Christ:

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?

“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

If even an atheist can see this, let's risk the awkwardness and be obedient.

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