My favorite way to start a conversation about my faith is handing someone a (obviously fake) million-dollar bill. I tell them that it has the million-dollar question on the back, which is, “Will you go to heaven?” People love the million-dollar bill; I’ve had grown men chase me down and ask me for one. It’s a great way to get a conversation going.
When I ask people the million-dollar question, almost everyone says they’re going to heaven. Then I like to ask this: “If you were to die today and stand before God, and God said, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ what would you say?” With this question, I believe I’ve already accomplished a lot in just getting the person to think about eternity. Even if he or she were to cuss me out, and run away, I would feel I’d been successful. Plus, he or she would already have a gospel tract in hand. A gospel tract never gets distracted from preaching the truth.
While some Christians say that people know the gospel and that we don’t need to go out witness, I’ve realized after asking this question dozens of times that people have no idea what’s going to happen when they die, and most people are open to discussing it. The majority of the time the response to that question is pitiful. Usually people have no answer. They look around and hem and haw for a few seconds, and I feel like I have to put them out of their misery by moving the conversation along. I ask if they consider themselves to be good people, and then do the Way of the Master routine.
At times people who have no answer for that question claim to be Christians later in the conversation. I understand that they may have been caught off guard by some guy passing out fake money. But the gospel is something Christians should be able to put into words, even on a moment’s notice. If people say they don’t know why they’re going to heaven, and consider themselves to be good people, I ask myself if they are truly saved.
I talked to 30 or 40 people at the state fair a couple of weeks ago, and just one girl answered that question saying that she’s saved. Two or three others answered that they have faith in God. People need someone to give them the answer to this question. It was pretty sad to encounter such a small number of Christians.
By the way, there is only one right answer to that question. If you don’t know what it is, check this out.