On the 17th of June, my colleagues and I did a personal case study based upon an experience I had this year. Without going into too much details we discussed about how I felt and how I would have acted differently when I met up with a mentor of mine. The mentor and I did not end our conversation on a good note and I felt sad for him. I considered that we were both proud men that had distinct opinions concerning Christianity and evangelism.
Later on the same day we had four guest speakers who work with the Anglican church come and share what their ministry was and how it relates to mission work. Two were priests and the other two deacons. We all had an intriguing conversation with them and acquired some useful knowledge on different ministries one can do within the Anglican church.
On Saturday I gave, as I call it, a humorous sermon at my local church First Baptist Church of Montreal during the fundraiser dinner held there. The environment was different from the comedy clubs I went to before during the first two days of June. I did know most of the audience members, plus I had rehearsed the material that I presented on June 20th. I was glad that Karen was there to see me and gave me encouraging feed back on my performance. I had realized that during my set that not a lot of audience members enjoyed the butt jokes. But I knew that would happen. A comedian cannot please everybody. Yet I was glad that I got different reactions (When driving home my parents thought I should have not joked about farting and feces after people had eaten. Funny thing, my dad laughed at those jokes.). Some said their own jokes based on my butt jokes (the piece presented did not consist only butt jokes), one adolescent boy told me he laughed at me, a little boy spoke out in agreement with something I said during my set, I was congratulated by adults and even children. One member of the church thanked me for talking about child-like obedience towards God. This is the parable said by Jesus to his disciples that I used to proclaim the good news after the set of jokes: ”He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:2-4 NIV). Interesting enough, I still need to work on being child-like in obedience especially towards God. May God be my helper.
Sunday, commuting on the metro heading to Longueuil, out of an unusual occasion, I had the joy of rapping, preaching the gospel to a Caucasian who was drunk and telling him to drink moderately and not be a poor representative of Christ (he wore a necklace with a cross). I was reading the Bible and he in his drunkenness was cursing a homeless man and rapping. His friends laughed at him and he surely caught the attention of the rest of us in the same cart. He kindled a discomfort in me that I eventually stood up, pointing at him and said with a smirk, ”You think you can rap?” Though I stumbled on a few verses of mine (the fellow caught me off guard with his lyrics hear and there that he lashed to me, while I was rapping). I was thankful to God that he gave me the boldness to preach the gospel to him and the rest of the people in the cart that were willing to hear. I find it fascinating that the Caucasian fellow sang a random song about My God is good. I told him with a smile, ”Yes, he is good, but he doesn’t except what is bad.” He eventually shut his mouth and nodded his head. Before we left the metro cart I told him how I was happy to meet him. I even told him prior that God loved him and could use his boldness to do what is pleasing to God. Instead of being a fool of the world, be a fool of Christ so to speak. Even so in Elton Trueblood’s book, The Humor of Christ, he supposes that George Meredith, a Victorian era novelist and poet, possibly argues that God laughs. Trueblood adds, ”If so, he is sure that God’s laughter comes only with an underlying interest in our welfare. The laughter is directed at our frailties, but its purpose is to heal” (Trueblood p. 55). I hope that one day that young man will laugh at his foolishness of the past and recognize how God is good and upright, thus instructing a sinner such as him his ways as he does with those who have been redeemed and healed by Jesus’ death at the cross.