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spotlight: drunk evangelism*

*Evangelism to drunks, that is.

Part of being involved in a church in the downtown corridor, a block away from the Greyhound station, and just down the street from low income neighborhoods spotted with numerous abandoned houses, is that you get to respond to situations that more suburban churches don’t usually have to deal with.

Its pretty tough, after all, for intoxicated and strung out people to walk much farther than a dozen or so blocks.

Having partnered with a church in the city, it is not at all uncommon to be faced with situations I have never experienced before and people with issues that are completely of the map (especially when you are working with a relatively small map).

For this reason, I am incredibly thankful to have friends like Tyler Glodjo who daily work with people who have fallen upon hard times (and many who have pulled the hard times down on top of themselves).

Tyler has recently jumped into the middle of the blog craze, and I am thankful that he did, thankful for eye opening posts detailing his daily experiences with ‘Gospel Sharing & Homeless Drunks‘:

I get to share the gospel with homeless drunks quite a bit.  It’s hard.

Sharing the gospel with drunks is hard because, for some reason, at least where I work, liquor tends to make men more spiritual.

I work at a local relief ministry running a daytime drop-in center for Jackson’s homeless community. Intoxicated homeless men come in to my life on a regular basis.

This morning I could tell that most of my clients spent the early hours passing a few 40 oz. bottles before coming to the center, so I knew I had an interesting day ahead of me – almost everyday is an interesting day for me.

While winning a game of bumper pool (as I usually do), I kept hearing how “JESUS IS ALL I NEED” along with “THERE AIN’T NUTTIN’ BETTER THAN JESUS!  HE TAKES ALL MY SINS AWAYS!”  (The all caps notates the louder volume my men tend to speak at when drunk).

Those types of comments always throw both my theology and evangelism into a strange confusion.

For example . . .

[To keep reading, head over to Tyler’s blog A Shining Barrier Growing Brighter and read ‘Gospel Sharing & Homeless Drunks‘]

The point of this post is not to direct attention toward the “novelty” of interacting with homeless alcoholics, drug users, and prostitutes; its not to take a pot shot at churches who have relocated out into the suburbs; its not to draw attention and gloat over the ministry opportunities our church gets to experience in downtown Jackson.

The point is that we need to believe that the gospel is for all people, all kinds of people … everywhere.

The gospel is for the addicted, for men and women who do not even seem capable of comprehending what we  are saying.

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all men, and we need to lay down our lives and break up our “comfort zones” so that we live as though we actually believe that to be true.

We need to learn to make the gospel known to the very same people who make us check whether out car doors are locked when we pull up at a stoplight.

The gospel is for them, too.

Let’s learn from Tyler – follow him and I’ll keep you up to date with the ways he is serving us through his blog.

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What are some intentional ways that you (or someone you know) approach helping, conversing with, and sharing the gospel with the homeless?

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