You may remember that ’70’s T.V. show “Good Times”; I watched it a lot in “the day.”
Well, in addition to handing out a Gospel tract to Stevie Wonder at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, I had the opportunity to hand out a few Million Dollar Bill Gospel tracts to John Amos, the Dad in the series. DYN-O-MITE!!!
You may be asking yourself, “What is the big deal in handing out Gospel tracts to celebrities at a parade?” The answer is the same reason why we hand out thousands to spectators who watch the parade: We hope that someone will read the message on the back, repent, and trust in the Savior. With a celebrity though, it’s a little different. If a celebrity should read the back, believe the message, and become a follower of Christ, there is the potential for that same celebrity to use his fame for Christian witness.
I handed L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a few million dollars, too, as he walked beside his vehicle. He proceeded to shout into the microphone that he was carrying, “Ha, ha! I just got a few million dollars.” Then he continued on his way.
Don’t underestimate the power of these simple Gospel tools. Giant $100.00 bills? Ridiculous. Gospel messages written on the back of a silly, phony million dollar bill? How stupid.
Read what R. A. Torrey wrote about the usefulness of tracts over a hundred years ago:
A tract will often succeed in winning a man to Christ where a sermon or a personal conversation has failed. There are a great many people who, if you try to talk with them, will put you off; but if you put a tract in their hands and ask God to bless it, after they go away and are alone they will read the tract and God will carry it home to their hearts by the power of the Holy Ghost.