A couple of weeks ago, I did a small profile on the Jesus Guy who lives out of his van in South Redondo (Click here to read it).
My question was: Does he do any good for the cause of Christ?
Here are my thoughts: I asked around at some of the businesses that surround Robert’s van, and the people said things like, “I wouldn’t want to talk to him,” or “He’s kind of scary.”
I think he rates with the guy who used to wear a multi-colored fright wig at football games and held up a sign that said: “John 3:16.” This method doesn’t really explain why Jesus is so important. It’s one thing to draw a crowd using extreme means in order to preach the Gospel (William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army used to shout at an open umbrella on a street corner to attract an audience), it’s quite another thing entirely to act a bit kooky for the sake of being kooky—in the name of Jesus. There is just no sound explanation for plastering “Jesus” all over a tinsel-covered “Holy Van.”
Mike wrote this comment: “He might be reaching someone, but overall I think he is hurting the cause. People like him tend to preach without ever engaging in a meaningful dialog. As a non-believer this guy would have lost me. I would have written him off as a kook.
Jessica said: “Well, I have seen this guy. And when you go to talk with him, he won’t carry on a normal, relatable conversation. How is that helping the Kingdom of God? “
All in all, Pastor Doug has a great attitude concerning The Jesus Guy, when he wrote this: “I want to ask you to do one major thing concerning Robert (whom I’ve met and had conversations with): PRAY for him. Don’t judge him. Yes, Robert is a little out there; but I think that has more to do with his mental state, then his belief system…”
We always need to remember that God can (and does) use everything for his glory, regardless of how sane or nutty a person might appear to be… regardless of your thoughts or my thoughts!