Last week a group of us went door-to-door handing out invites for our summer kid’s program. Arthur and I met a friendly old man named Heinz while walking on the street. Before lone, we got talking to him about the Gospel.
Though we talked for a while and much was said, I was especially struck by Heinz’s words, “But my time is almost up; I’m close the end.” This was his reason for not changing his mindset about God. He figured, “If I’ve lived my whole life not embracing any one religion, why would I start now?” We told him about the judgement to come (Hebrews 9:27) and that we will all stand before Jesus.
After talking about judgement, I said, “Maybe in the Lord’s kindness He sent us to you to tell you the truth before it’s too late.” He smiled and with a bit of a chuckle and said, “Well wouldn’t that be something.” Though he seemed to be joking in part, his eyes didn’t look entirely closed to the possibility.
Another one of his objections was the crusades and other the evil things done in the name of Christ. He said, “There has been a lot of things done in the name of Christ.” We pleaded with him to look to Jesus to learn the truth of Christianity. We encouraged him to read the Bible. He seemed quite intimidated by the size of the Bible and even reading the Gospels. But eventually he settled on the Two Ways to Live booklet that we gave him.
In God’s kind providence, Arthur saw him later that day at the library and Heinz still had the booklet in his chest pocket! May he read it and understand the Gospel of God’s kingdom and grace. Please pray for Heinz.