Tonight as we were looking over the Monday night specials I noticed a small piece of paper with this title, "The greatest news ever heard". The waitress in me instantly rolled my eyes and my mouth spewed out, "Yes it's the greatest news you've ever heard in fact it's so important you won't even take the time to tell me in person." Out it came, harsh but true. That's exactly how my coworkers would look at it. After I tucked it in my purse so our waitress wouldn't have to find it I noticed another one entitled, "Easter basket or empty tomb?" Now really let's put ourselves in the shoes of a not yet believer who has only heard of Jesus from t.v. and news articles..."Heck ya, I'll take the chocolate and spring colors with children giggling as they search for hidden eggs. What do I care about a dusty old cave?"...Seriously, you who left that tract, admit it, you hid eggs for your children and let them open there Easter baskets before church just like the "pagans".
...Yeah, I'll just tuck those words deeeeep in my bag so there is no chance of it falling out...
To us who already know the gift of Easter the tract makes perfect sense, but to those who only know Christians as media portrays them: a people who don't allow women freedom of choice and hate homosexuals, those same words are not going to be seen as a gift but rather more proof they should stay out of the way of Christians.
God wants a relationship with us. Anyone who is a Christian knows this so why would we take the relationship out of the gospel and think we are doing a great thing for the kingdom when we leave a tract without taking the time to personally show God's tangible love.
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "Well, how could I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
~ Acts 8:30-31