A Different Kind of Witness

August 27, 2008

With the Democratic National Convention going on this week, many protesters have turned up outside in hopes of attracting the attention of all the media that is there. This is a normal sight at events that have so many people and media present. Among those there are street preachers who are yelling scriptures at people passing by. However, some Southern Baptists took a radically different approach and are serving the police, first responders, and others. These volunteers are giving out thousands of free meals and drinks. Jim Shaddix, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in downtown Denver, explained:

We wanted to find a way to be a part of this event in a non-political way. ... This grew to something far beyond what we ever envisioned it would be.
Amen! Baptists are proving that they are much better at serving people in a Christlike manner than they are with political activities. One photo the Baptist Press provided has the signs of some of the street preachers in the corner behind the police. It creates an stark contrast: some are there causing more work for the police and first responders, while others are there serving the police and first responders. My guess is the latter will have a much larger impact in sharing the Gospel with those present.