So I first let me preface that I understand the story The Gospel Blimp by the late Jospeh Bayly is meant to be a comical criticism of the evangelical church, and rightly so. I haven’t read the book yet but found the short film on Vimeo. It did get me thinking about how we might harness our zeal for the good news in more productive ways and less silly ones.
We’ve always tried to develop relationships with our unbelieving neighbors. Not always preaching the gospel every single day, but trying to be good witnesses of God’s kindness to us. Our neighbors across the street have been through a rough patch. The husband is a sort of aging outlaw biker. His wife is an ptsd veteran alcoholic. I know, not surprising. But even aging outlaw bikers know how damaging it is.
When things have gotten craziest, he didn’t call his biker friends, he called us. We’ve prayed with them, offered a place for her to sober up, when doing so at home was impossible.
We have a couple new sets of neighbors, we hope they will also come to see us as friends to be trusted and to speak truth.
I’m not sure who came up with the idea, but tonight we are holding a talent show for some of the neighborhood kids in our backyard. Sure it probably seems like a silly Gospel Blimp, but we pray it will be fruitful and our kids and the neighborhood kids will open the door to future conversations. We’ve been starting conversations already, but we pray this will help build community.
Please pray for fruit, and no downed blimps or angry firemen.
What are some of the ways you try to witness the goodness of God to an unbelieving world?