Should I ask?
How often does a simple question change a life? Tom is seeing the difference he can make by just asking people, “Did you know only 6% of Tucsonans go to church? People have responded to him in all sorts of ways.
Many respond “I didn’t know that” or “that can’t be true!” But when pressing them a little further, it often comes out that they are part of the 94%. Whatever the response, the question gets people thinking about God and some have come back to him and told him that they have started to attend church again. So is it worth it to take the risk? Tom would answer, “Absolutely!”
But can asking a question have a downside?
The three wise men asked Herod one question, and it changed the lives of many. “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Herod was a man whose stranglehold on his power was challenged by three strangers and an infant. That question certainly got his attention, but it was the Bethlehem families who paid the price for that attention with his paranoiad vindictiveness.
Tom mentioned in his sermon that you’ll meet three types of people when you attempt to evangelize, those hostile to God like Herod; those who know God and are indifferent to him like the scribes who could spout the scriptures, and those who are true worshippers. The wisemen were the true worshippers who made finding God their life’s mission.
Let’s follow their example and keep seeking more of the one who gave his all. Come, let us adore him.