My friend Kenny used to manage a high risk loan company. Not to sound judgmental, but some of the people who would come in there were, shall we say, a little rough around the edges.
One man, in particular, who they lovingly called ‘Brown Conclusive’ was a Security Finance favorite. They called him that because he came in one day telling them he’d been really sick because he’d been bitten by “one of them thar brown conclusives”. He had crossed eyes, and the two or three teeth he had left stuck nearly straight out in the front. I’m not making fun, I’m merely stating the facts.
One day Brown Conclusive comes in with a buddy. The guy don’t have a tooth in his head, his mouth is gaped open, and he just sits and stares.
Kenny asks them if he can help them. Still, BC’s (that’s what we’ll call Mr. Conclusive from here on out) buddy just sat there and stared. BC proceeds to tell Kenny that his buddy needs a loan. Kenny’s thinking to himself “I can’t possibly give this guy a loan! He’s obviously not all there!” So kenny reacts swiftly. He asks the buddy, “sir, are you on disability?” “Yes, yes he is!” Says BC. “Ok, sir, do you have a payee for your check?” Again, BC answers as his friend sits, mouth agape, staring. “Yes. Yes he does.” At this point Kenny’s looking for the hidden camera, thinking, surely this is some kind of a joke.
Kenny begins telling the man his company policies and that he can’t possibly give him a loan. All of a sudden, the man who has previously not uttered a word, begins to speak! Only what comes out sounds more like something from a Saturday Night Live skit! “Ah ba ba da! Da ba da ha ba da!” This went on for a couple minutes. Not one, single word he said was understandable.
As Kenny sat there, staring, in total disbelief, before he could even say a word, BC says, “And that’s EXACTLY how it happened!” “How WHAT happened?!” Was Kenny’s thought.
Sometimes, what’s reality to us, may be nonsense to someone else. You see, BC understood his friend just fine, but Kenny, not so much. I think maybe that’s how some lost people hear the Gospel. It makes perfect sense to us, but to them it may sound like “ah ba ba da, da ba ha ba da!”
That’s why it’s so important to not only speak about Jesus, but to live our lives so that people see God in us. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, the message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
In 2 Timothy 2:24-26 Paul is giving Timothy instructions on how to deal with those who refuse to obey. He says, God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
Maybe, sometimes you sound more like Brown Conclusive’s friend when you talk about Christ to some people, but rest assured, that if you’re living it out, they’ll hear you loud and clear! And that’s EXACTLY how it happened!