Sometimes I get emails with with very good questions. I try to answer them as biblically as possible.
Dear Pastor Steve,
I am 18 years old and living in the United States. I have found your blog encouraging, and really want to be involved with evangelism. My parents are not Christian. I recently ordered some gospel tracts to distribute. If my parents do not want me to hand these out, should I do it anyways? I ask this because I am at an age where I am not sure if I need to obey everything my parents tell me, especially if it is keeping me from sharing the gospel in this important way. I don’t want to disobey God by dishonoring my parents, but I want to share the gospel by distributing tracts. Do you have any advice? Thank you so much for your ministry.
Thanks for writing. That is an important question.
I would suggest that you honor your parents on this one. You are living in their house and you want to be an obedient son. The hardest thing for you will be “living out your faith.” One day they may ask you what is so different about you. That will be the time to share your faith with them. They may even allow you to hand out tracts!
Another option is to ask them if they would mind if you handed out Gospel tracts while away from the home. They’ll appreciate that you are respectfully asking them and that you have put them first before doing something on your own.
Another option, of course, is to move out of the house, but that may not be practical at this time.
Pray for them, and ask God to allow you to win their favor.
God bless you. The hard part is waiting on God.
Next week I’ll answer a mom who asked if it is okay for her son to open air preach even though dad doesn’t want him to.