A Big Mac And A Sermon Please

Thank you for wearing that shirt

April 10th my wife and I were busy preparing a dinner for students that bring music to our church. We are a small local church growing and sharing the Gospel within our community. Our music has been provided by several dedicated wonderful young college students from Cedarville University. Once a month for the last 3 months we have fixed them a good home meal to show our appreciation for their loyalty to the church.

Our last dinner we decided to smoke some Boston Butts and have pulled pork. This is a long endeavor taking over 12 hours just to smoke. During the late afternoon we realized we hadn't taken time for ourselves to have lunch. Ah, McDonald's just a mile away I'll run over there real quick. Well, quick it was not! You see, I was wearing a shirt that said This shirt is illegal in 51 countries on the front, and Romans 1:16 on the back.For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.

In 51 countries around the world this message is illegal! In fact, you can be imprisoned or even killed for displaying or preaching the word of Jesus Christ the Saviour .

I had ordered and was waiting when an old man, in at least his 80's, said,"Thank you".

I turned and looked at him and he repeated thank you to me. He proceeded to say he too spreads the Gospel and is not ashamed of Christ. Then he noticed the front of the shirt with a small red cross and the message of this shirt being illegal. Immediately he knew it is the message from The Voice of Martyrs. He continued to say how he had met the man who started VOM and what that had meant to him.

He asked if I were a preacher and what churched I pastored. No, I am not a pastor but I do preach the Gospel of Christ to the lost and dying world. I told him of the ministry my wife and I do and how we have committed our lives to evangelism and missionary work. I also said that this shirt may well be illegal here in the United States of America if things keep going as they are. I said we are in the greatest days of apostasy this country has ever known. Apostasy is the falling away from the Gospel, from the Bible, from God. I said how prayer has been taken out of our schools. How there is a movement to control our very thoughts making it illegal in a public place to even think of God. Our thoughts can you imagine? Our Christian beliefs and convictions are everyday being minimized for the sake of heretics. There is an out cry for them to be able to speak as they please but God forbid we speak the truth of the Risen Jesus. We as Christians are being made to silence our voices and have to let the godless to go out of control. We are to stand idly by as those that hate the Gospel slander our very Creator. I went on, One day every knee shall bow every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, whether that be while they are alive on earth or in the bowels of Hell. I hope that all I can speak to make the decision to follow Christ before it is too late. I don't want to see friends and loved ones crying out from a place reserved for the devil and his followers. I want to see them confess Jesus as their Lord while they have the breath in them to do so. The smiling old man looked in my eyes and said he liked my devotion to God and wished me well. I told him how we are preparing to go out and bring revival to America. I told him how this country was founded on the Bible and Godly morals and principles and that is where we need to return. We need to return. Going on I proclaimed how it is not too late. How America can stand once again in God's glory, if as a nation we humble ourselves and seek HIS face. Churches need to make that stand today, they need to say we are of God and no matter what any political group says we will serve God. I told him I did not know how much longer Christ we tarry His coming but we need to win souls for HIM, we need to be vigilant in spreading the Good News that Jesus saves all who come to HIM, "For whosoever calls upon My name shall be saved". "He that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out". The old man just replied quietly and with a tear in his eye,"Amen".


Conclusion

This talk lasted nearly 15 minutes. The entire inside of McDonald's was at a stand still. All the inside customers had put down their meals, the wait staff had stopped working, until one did say the drive thru was backing up. You see this old man was very hard of hearing I had to speak loudly for him to hear. The end results were everyone in the restaurant heard the Good News of how Jesus saves. I learned I am truly not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation.

My prayer is someone there who heard had the conviction of God's Holy Spirit upon them and gave their life to Jesus Christ. I may be a criminal to some for promoting the Gospel, so be it, I will never quit! I love my King my Jesus.

Update

Looking back this has to be one of my favorite hubs. Not because it was expertly written. Not because it has so many comments given. But, because of the experience it was that day.

Comments 19 comments

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JPowers83 6 years ago

Mike, this story is amazing. I didn't know that this happened. I hope that you were able to open the minds of others as they opened their ears to listen.


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SwiftlyClean 6 years ago from Texas

JPowers83.Great write.Enjoyed reading.

God Bless!

Sharon Smith


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Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

Great Testimony. I'm having a "Mac" attack not for food - but more praise reports! Thank you for sharing this story.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Carry on Michael, I like your style! Blessings, from a bit of a 45' angle and North of Dayton and across a large pond or two. St. L.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

Wow!!! Great Job my brother in Christ. I am so thrilled that God led me to your hubs. You are exactly what this world needs so desperately. A warrior for Christ. I'm with you all the way. God is definately working in Dayton. I have a wonderful Christian brother there whom i write to daily. I have also read from a few other Christians there. We believe God is bringing us together for a reason that at present He alone knows. Bless you Michael.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thank you all for the comments on this hub I need to get better at replying to the comments on each hub!


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Let me say "Amen" Keep on telling and preaching brother.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks Putz, We all need to keep it going, preaching and spreading the Word


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

I have written around 30 or so hubs. Some I have taken off and a few yet to put onto hubpages. This has to be my favorite story seeing the joy in that old man's eyes as I talked with him. God bless him and all who read and enjoy these words.


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Powerful! Amen. Reading your hub brought tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Michael, what a truly awesome opportunity you had to share the state of affairs in our country while also testifying to the GOOD NEWS about Jesus .. and everyone looked on and were silent .. POWERFUL!!

I visited Cederville College several times years ago. GREAT COLLEGE! When my husband was a Youth Pastor in Amherst, OH we took our youth to see the campus as we encouraged them to choose a Christian college.

I admire your bold stance and love the picture that comes to mind as I picture the older man hanging onto your every word.

Thanks for a GREAT Testimony! GO Michael!!

Mekenzie


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thank you Mckenzie, it was quite an experience, to have him listen so intently and the entire place listening too.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks shy I had a revealing power given to me that day, it took away a lot of blinders I had. We continue to reach out to whom ever where ever.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

No one can ever control our thoughts and prayers.


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

So true Peggy, I just pray this message touches people's lives that they will go out and not be afraid to speak wherever they may be.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Excellent, brother. Keep writing. Finding true Christians like you on HubPages is very rare. Blessings to you!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Pratonix, thank you so much I do plan on keeping the writing up, just need the time to do so right now. Taking 5 classes online for bible college plus work and 2 ministries we are rather busy hopefully things settle a bit and I can get back to more writing.


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Dave Sibole 5 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Great Hub Michael sorry it has taken me so long to getting around to reading it. To God be the glory. Keep spreading the Word.


Michael Adams1959 5 years ago

Dave, thanks for the comment, this was such an awesome moment with a dear old man.

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