They Don't Know
Just recently I have developed a series of questions to ask people on the streets. The main purpose of these questions is that it gives me an opening to speak to different people. It is a way to practice my Spanish, and also to learn about culture. To learn and understand as much as possible and to identify with the people you’re seeking to reach is a effort that never ends. To understand them you must be able to speak the social language, not just their native language. You should be able to express fears, hopes, and beliefs in a way that they might express them.
I asked this question the other day to a young man who is 15 years old. My wife and I spoke to a college-age girl and asked her this question as well. Their answer? Both said “good works.” Their mentality is “If I can be good enough, if I can do enough good deeds, then God will let me into heaven.” To both of them I replied with another question, “If I can do enough good works to go to heaven on my own, then why did Jesus come to die?” You could see their minds working, and neither had an answer. The young man would start to give me an answer, and into about two sentences would look off, trying to search his way through to a reason only to realize his logic, and beliefs left him at a dead end.
They didn’t know. They know that Jesus came to save them, both acknowledged that, but how he came to save them they have no clue. They believe that salvation is something that they can accomplish, and maybe Jesus can help them. The true way of salvation is hidden to them. They follow their own thoughts about salvation, which have been formed by things they have heard from their family and culture, but not from the Bible.
These are two people in a city of over one million. How many more here do not know the way of salvation? My dear Christian friend, as you are reading this, may I ask you a question? What are you doing that others might know?