Daniel and I had a lovely weekend trip to Melbourne last weekend. The flight to Melbourne takes about an hour, so it’s a great opportunity to witness to a neighbour on the flight. It’s always a bit scary isn’t it? If you start out with the witnessing straight away and you get a bad reaction, you’re in for a very tense flight if it’s much longer than an hour. However, it’s not too bad if it’s just an hour right? And you can be pretty sure they haven’t got sharp objects they could hurt you with anywhere on their person! So we struck up a perfectly delightful conversation with a young surgeon we were sitting with. We got through the law and the gospel, and learned a bit along the way:
1. Medical training involves being taught that evolution is true (!!!!!). Not sure how the complexity of the human body can be explained other than by intelligent design, it seems nonsensical to me, but there you go…
2. There is no guarantee that a child attending a christian primary school will ever hear the gospel. This guy had a baptist primary school experience but had no idea what the gospel was about whatsoever.
3. Don’t be afraid to press the point. Several times during the conversation I had to press various points, like sin, judgement and hell. Amazingly to me, it didn’t worry him to be dragged back to these topics at all. I’ve never been quite that dogged in a witness encounter before, so it was a real leap of faith for me, but God was glorified, and what a great result.
No idea whether he has repented, but he thanked us for talking to him about it all, and was going to think about it all, read the bible and try to find what is true. I don’t think we could have asked for better than that.
So don’t be scared, and take every opportunity that comes your way. Particularly when someone is stuck with you for an hour or so! What’s the worst thing that could happen, they think you’re a nut? Their worst case scenario is eternity in hell, I think it’s a chance worth taking.