Commentary on Evangelism?

Penn Jillette is the front man for the comedy team of Pen and Teller. I have always thought these guys were extremely funny and creative, but then I had only seen them on broadcast TV. I thought George Carlin was hysterically funny when he was on the Tonight Show (and network censors were on pins and needles keeping him clean) but avoided him like the plague when he was uncensored and able to use his 7 words not allowed on TV. In the same way, Penn and Teller can evdidently be pretty crude and vulgar. (Why is that funny anyway?) As it turns out, Jillette Penn, like George Carlin, is an outspoken atheist and critic of religion. The duo features routines where they lampoon the Bible, Christians in general and the horse we rode in on. I must confess BOTH that this annoys me AND Christians often make it much easy to lampoon faith. Watch some of the stuff on Trinity Broadcasting and you know what I mean).

Imagine how surprised I was when I ran across this video of Penn Jillette talking about a man who waited for him after a show to give him a Bible.


Is there a message in there for us somewhere? Does the world view Christians as a bunch of kooks who condemnn everyone else and quoting the Bible, "The fool has said in his heart 'There is no God?" Or do they see us as basically good people who have been transformed by the message we believe and seek to HUMBLY share that message with others. It is unlikely that the gift of a Bible by a good and decent man will not be enough to change Jillette's mind. But people's hearts and minds are never going to be changed unless believers live as good people who humbly and sincerely live the Bible's precepts. If we really believe our message, then we will share it as best we can. Hey, even this evangelistic atheist expects us to share the message if we really believe it. People may be willing to listen if (and only if) they see the message in us. I think it was Francis of Assisi who said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”