Thursday, January 13, 2005

Subway To Heaven

There is an evangelism outreach going on beneath the sidewalks of New York City.

A Pastor and several "shills" board subway cars and fake various antics, not the least of which is a fainting spell, to attract an audience and then they share the word of Christ with people hanging onto the straps. They call themselves Subway Evangelists and they've been doing it for years.

No one gets hurt. They claim to have had a great deal of success. So much so they've expanded to bus stops and other scenarios....elevators haven't paid off... the trip to the top is too short.

I love sending stories like this to folks who initially find them unbelievable but then wonder how many steps removed any of us are really from this when it comes to sharing the Gospel.

Painting by Daniel DeNapoli

Personally, I think it's a healthy and somewhat ironic reminder that oftentimes we look at others and laugh or judge their efforts...only to come back later...look below the surface...and see ourselves.

A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue- Proverbs 11:12