The evenings I spent at the Colorado state fair last year were one of the best times I’ve ever had. There is one place where benches surrounded a fountain, and people just sat around, taking a break from the festivities. I’d have a conversation with someone, walk a few feet, and have another conversation with someone. It seemed like everyone was grateful that I or my friends talked to them.
The people I went with last year were too busy to go the first night I went. Last Tuesday, I went alone, and talked to about 20 people. In two conversations, people brought up objections, but almost all of the others thanked me for talking to them, and said they would think about our discussion.
One young man, who was a Wiccan, disliked Christianity because he thought it didn’t provide an adequate explanation for the suffering in the world. I tried to explain to him that all sin, including his, causes misery. He didn’t like my explanation, but later in the conversation admitted to stealing a $2,000 bike. It seemed like a perfect example of how his sin made someone else miserable. It’s easy to see everyone else’s sin and yet dismiss our own sins as no big deal.
My wife and I went back on Thursday evening. I was hoping for and expecting similarly good results. We had a couple of good conversations, but the atmosphere was completely different. Many people didn’t seem to be humbled by the law; they wouldn’t admit that they deserved hell. If they did admit it, they didn’t seem to care.
It’s hard to tell why one day everyone is so humble, and another, a seemingly similar crowd was not humble. When that happens, I’m always tempted to say that one day was much more successful than the other, but I don’t think that’s true. The main purpose of evangelism is not to get people saved, but to glorify God. Hopefully He was glorified through our obedience both nights. We are left to pray for everyone who heard the gospel, and leave the results up to Him.
The state fair is a great place to share the gospel.