I've been hitting the clubs every weekend to share the Gospel, and no they're not people who are farthest from God. Plus, I pick up all kinds of people from the clubs. and it's actually easier than talking to snowflakes of Beverly Hills. (They may actually be farthest from God.)
Maybe it's the liquor. Maybe it's the nightclub atmosphere. But when I pull up in my highly modded Subaru, with the orange lights and the TV screens, almost everyone is in the mood to talk.
But I have to work it to move from the "fun" atmosphere to something more serious, like religion.
And how do I do it without being offensive? There's a fine line here, because I believe the Gospel is already offensive to those who don't believe. Also, if they are not offended, I perhaps didn't give them the full gospel, or they haven't understood it, because if they truly understood that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven (meaning all other religions are false), and their good works are never good enough for heaven (which means they're going to hell), they have to be offended. Yet, I need to be careful that they are not offended because I have a Bible-bashing attitude or hell-fire demeanor. I sometimes go out of my way to be overly respectful of even the most foolish beliefs, even when they contradict themselves in their subjectivism. I want to make sure that even with my most respectful attitude towards their religion, they will feel offended by Jesus and the true gospel. I want their initial offense to turn into insecurity, because they realize they have nothing solid to stand on. Then their despair will turn to joy as they see the reality of Christ's salvation by faith.
True, only 3 people have come to Christ through Uber Evangelism. Though sad, the low percentage is not the point. It's about getting the gospel out. It's not my job to save people - that's the Holy Spirit's job. My job is to get people to understand the gospel and what Jesus stands for - and it's not all love and peace. and before I can tell them that "Jesus saves" I have to give them the bad news that they're in trouble. They need saving. and they're in a desperate situation. And it's hard to do all that in a 15 minute Uber ride (the average ride is more like 12 minutes).
Then Halloween comes along. I know it's the biggest party night of the year - bigger than New Years. Uber/Lyft drivers make more on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
But I decided to give free rides for anyone in costume (which was EVERYBODY) and who could answer the question, "Do you believe in ghosts?" It's a fun question and appropriate for Halloween. It would be weird to start with that tactic any other night. As an evangelism tactic, you never want to start preaching. You want them to ask you a question, like, "What about you?"
When they asked me, "What about you? Do you believe in ghosts?" that's my green light to tell them I believe in demons. This opens the conversation to talk about God without talking about religion. Plus, the more I get them to talk, the more they'll listen to me when it's my turn.
I started off at the clubs in West Hollywood and kept going back to that area after each dropoff. I was busy til about 4 am, and it was nonstop action. Everybody had something to say about ghosts, and I got to share the gospel to about 70% of them.
Out of the hundreds I've shared the gospel with on Lyft/Uber, including Halloween night, everyone left in a good mood. Either they were hiding their offended feelings, or they just didn't get the gospel and I have to try harder. Maybe I should be more direct and tell them to repent. Even when I have done that, I said it with a smile, to be polite. Maybe that was confusing or misleading. You got any advice for me?
Oh, and how did you like my costume? Any good ideas for next year?
The most interesting rides:
- A muslim girl who usually covers her head in a hijab was out in a cat costume, saying "please don't put my name in the video because I'm not supposed to be dressed like this"
- A girl kept asking for my number, an obvious ploy of Satan to distract me
- An atheist woman (self-proclaimed) admitted she saw a ghost
- A guy bought me a taco
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