The Doo Dah Parade is a sometimes-yearly free-for-all that’s crazy, counter-cultural, anti-Conservative—and a whole lot of fun. There was Iron Man with his rolling ironing board, ironing! The Million Marijuana March was there; as were the L.A Derby Dolls, and the ever-popular Billy Mays Fan Club wearing their Snuggies, carrying widgets and everything else he hawked on TV. (See Part 1 here.)
Did I mention that there were also transvestites, people in little motorized cupcakes and Elvis on a Vespa?
And that’s why the evangelism team was there with our own counter-cultural message: Repent and believe in the Savior! Did people listen? They had to.
I would preface my remarks with these words: “Hi folks. I want to talk to you for just a brief few minutes and then I will be disappearing. But I do request one favor: Please hold your applause to the end.” Remarkably, after asking the crowd if they would go to Heaven…. Amazingly, after letting them know that all liars, thieves, blasphemers and adulterers would go to Hell…. And surprisingly, after explaining that they needed to repent and trust in Jesus for forgiveness—people actually applauded! Some.
Our very own Peter Johnson volunteered to do something that no one else wanted to do: Taking advantage of a gap in the parade, he walked the entire route carrying a cross! What happened? He was pelted with marshmallows and corn tortillas like all the other participants. Some spectators even ran up to him for a photo opp.
Despite our most valiant efforts to preach the Gospel, what happened was more akin to the admonition given in Ephesians 5:14:
Wake up, O sleeper,
…rise from the dead,
…and Christ will shine on you.”
Now watch the video!