I hope that many of you were able to take advantage of the opportunity that we had on Memorial Day to represent Jesus Christ in our communities across this country. Unfortunately, many Christians stayed home and agreed that it was a good effort that others were making, but it is not what they were personally going to do. Even worse, many “Christians” went to the festivities for the fun and games and while they were there, they opposed the preachers and others trying to spread the gospel(I have found that in my short time of doing public ministry that 90% of opposition comes from other “Christians”) As you read this, I hope you are not part of either one of these categories, but only you know. I never have claimed that folks are obligated to do what I do, but I have found it strange to see folks who say they love Jesus and agree that the gospel should be preached, stay home when the opportunity comes to do so, but will break their necks to be the first ones in the food line a few hours later at the church for a hamburger or hotdog. Maybe I am thinking wrong here, but I doubt it.
But that is not the purpose of the post today. I just wanted to give the report of what we tried to do on Monday. My family, another family from our church in Brunswick, and a few brethren from my home church in Beaufort, South Carolina, showed up at the parade route Monday morning at 9:00. The parade was scheduled to start at 10:00, so before it began, we walked the route and handed out tracts to the folks setting up to watch the parade. Once we walked the whole route, the parade began, so we took a break, and watched the parade. The kids(and adults) really enjoyed it. After parade passed, we rushed to where the parade ended and tried to pass out more tracts to folks as they headed to their cars. As the traffic was at a stand still trying to leaving the parking area, we had a great opportunity to preach for about 30 minutes while folks sat still in their cars. At the end of the event, we had realized we had been able to hand out over 1200 tracts and other Scripture material.
After parade was done, nothing was more enjoyable than to get in the line at the church for a hamburger and a hotdog, drink a sweet tea, and eat some watermelon. I hope and pray that your Memorial Day activities were as fun as ours. If it was, I would love to hear about it, please feel free to post in comment section.