It’s Too Simple: Evangelism at 35,000 Feet

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I recently returned from a quick trip to Florida. What took me to Florida, you ask?  THE MAN THAT I AM DATING. (This is my first attempt at subliminal messaging… how’d I do?)

*ahem*

But this blog post isn’t about him.

This post is about another guy; the guy I sat next to on my flight home. He was tall, dark, handsome, foreign, and had an accent.

If you don’t know, talking to total strangers does not bother me in the least. Fact of the matter is it gives me a rush. So I began as I normally do.

“You headed home?” I asked.

“Yes,” he replied with a tired sigh. “Twenty-four hours of traveling. I’m ready to be home.”

“Twenty-four hours? That’s quite a trip. Where are you coming from?”

“Morocco,” he said. “My first home, where I was born.”

Now I’m pretty geographically challenged. But believe it or not, I knew where Morocco was and I also knew that in that country, the name Jesus was not spoken in freedom or with joy. Allah is the god they pray to.

So I decided that since we were 35,000 feet in the air with nowhere to go for about 3 hours, I would ask him to tell me about his faith. Outside of the media, which is biased, I didn’t know much about the Muslim faith, their beliefs, convictions, or practices.  And since he sat trapped in the middle seat, I figured I would make the most of the occasion.

“Would you mind telling me what you believe?” I asked.

He looked at me with wide eyes and a slight smile. “You really want to know?” he asked in disbelief. I nodded.

As he unpacked what he believed and why he believed it, it dawned on me that Christians aren’t the only ones that are passionate and faith filled witnesses. Millions of people all over the world don’t believe blindly the way we automatically think they do. They may be compelled by different standards and a false god, but they are convicted and convinced all the same.

I asked him how he got to heaven.

“Well, I have to work very hard to do all the right things and at the end of my life, they must outweigh the bad things I have done. I have to strive for perfection.  And when it’s all over, which way the scale trips determines where I will go and I won’t know that til I’m dead.”

“Interesting,” I said. I took a deep breath and then said, “I believe in another way; a sure way. It’s guaranteed.”

He just looked a me with a skeptical smirk.

So I told him about Jesus and grace. I explained the price for our sin was paid and that eternal life and freedom from death was merely a decision away. Choose to believe and trust the Gospel and life here and after changes forever.

He looked at me, at the head rest in front of him and then back at me.

“It’s too simple.” he said plainly.

That little statement struck a big chord with me. Is that why there are so many dispassionate, stagnate, and diluted people ho-humming along claiming that they know Christ and yet living as if doesn’t affect them? 

Is the simplicity of our faith our stumbling block?  Does its simplicity deter from its depth?

Because truth be told, it’s not simple. It’s actually hard to believe that the God and Creator of the Universe, who knew me before time, would love me so extravagantly so as to send His perfect, holy and blameless Son to die my death, to pay my debt, and make me an heir to His throne. What is simple about such a love?

 It may require less effort our part, but it requires a greater faith, a deeper joy, and more desperate need for grace.

May we never reduce the simplicity of the Christian faith to a morsel good fortune.

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About mndunn26

I recently realized that my life is somewhat of a beautiful mess. A "pollack-type-picture" if you will, of colors, experiences, and people that, despite the seeming disarray, is captivating & confusing; patterened & yet unpredictable. But most of all, it is mysteriously designed, purposed, and appointed. For what? I don't know yet... but I'm learning as I go.

9 responses »

  1. Yet another reason why I love the one and only MEREDITH DUNN.
    You are a passionate, amazing, woman of God and he used YOU on that plane just by talking to the person He had planned to sit next to you.
    Have you read The Reason for God by Timothy Keller? It’s a good one if you haven’t.

    Oh, and can the next blog BE about the other guy? You know, the Florida one? 😉

    • Thank you so much, Katrina! I couldn’t agree more that it was an appointment:) I have heard of that book but I haven’t read it yet. It’s on my list!
      And yes, perhaps I’ll mention something about that guy in FL;)

  2. meredith that was very interesting and when he said how he gets to heaven about how hard he works n do the right things the sad part to me was he won’t know for sure before he dies, I am so glad that I know God loves me n forgives me over n over but thru his grace n love for us He sent his son to shed his blood for my sins and with Faith I know when I die I’m going to heaven! I do believe some people believe it is simle but really we should always be striving and be passionate about sharing Jesus with others n I fail there all the time so thanks for telling this story.

  3. Meredith, I enjoyed this so much. You are an amazing young woman and inspiring. I’m sending this to your cousin, Michael. Have a fantastic day. Somehow, I know you will.

    • Lissa, thanks so much for reading! I’m jealous that you and my mom have gotten to spend so much time together. Hope to see you soon!

  4. Meredith,

    What an awesome blog!! Is that what it,s called?
    Your mom sent it to me and she,s going to show me how to get more of your writings. Love, TuTu

  5. Thanks Meredith! The enemy is hard at work to keep us from resting at the feet of Jesus. I enjoy your writing style & look forward to keeping up on where God leads you next- thanks for a great message. Blessings!

    • Hey Kevin! The Enemy would love nothing more than to distract and deter us from our goal: more of Jesus. Stay steady though and stand firm! Thanks so much for your comment!

  6. Wow. . .dating???

    anyway–i wish i was good about talking to my fellow passengers. I really need to use my talkativeness to actually be friendly to people.

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