Jesus Christ Superstar: Memorable Responses!

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Jesus Christ Superstar: Memorable Responses!

Jesus Christ Superstar: Memorable Responses!

Last week I had the privilege of going to the local theater in Fort Worth, Casa Manana, where a popular play was presented. For eight (8) different performances, I carried a sign and distributed tracts that I had written. You can find this article on the True Discipleship website. (See http://truediscipleship.com/jesus-christ-superstar/)

As people arrived each afternoon or evening, I took my stand before the entrance and positioned the sign where those who arrived could see it. As best I could, I would approach the arriving attendees and kindly offer them one of the tracts. My guess is that approximately 6,000 people attended this event, although the count may have been higher (perhaps 700 attended for the nine-event run). I would estimate that I was able to distribute about 1,300 different tracts, although the exact number is unknown. (I might add that a friend did help on the first afternoon presentations, and for this I was and am grateful.) It is quite difficult to give out the tracts since I often had to choose whether I wanted to rush to one side or the other side or go to the middle to distribute the tracts. And, as I said, I carried the large sign with my left hand!

For those of you who don’t recognize the name of the play, it is called “Jesus Christ Superstar.” It originally came out in about 1970 and it played in Fort Worth in the middle 1980s. Of course, the play went to major cities of the country—perhaps your own area as well. It was at that showing that I was able to distribute many tracts without any problem.  The local newspaper (Star-Telegram) did write about my efforts to distribute tracts at that time and the difficulty I encountered in trying to reach so many people while carrying a sign and holding the tracts. This time the newspaper didn’t cover the story.

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Jesus Christ Superstar: Memorable Responses!

As I thought of the various negative responses I received from the arriving people, the following came to mind. Let me just list them, along with brief comments on what they said:

  • “I’m good.” I assume that they meant by this that they don’t need a tract on the play that they chose to see. They were “good” without it! Of course, in reality, this was a deceived response. They needed the tract, containing truth, far more than they realized! Jesus declared, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). If they rejected truth, they would never become free from sin, death, and the false teachings portrayed in the “Superstar” Jesus! (See also 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)
  • “I don’t need that!” Again, they needed the tract (or the truth presented in the tract) far more than they imagined!
  • “I’m a strong Christian!” They were probably trying to assure me that the tract was for rank unbelievers or atheists, but they didn’t need it. On the other hand, since they were there and willing to pay $40 to $80 for a seat to see the Lord blasphemed and ridiculed, no amount of assertion of their “Christian” position was valid! Hypocritical, inconsistent, and compromising people claiming to be “Christians” show that they are not genuine “Christians.”
  • “I just left church!” One person said this as they proceeded past me without taking a tract. Apparently they thought that this would negate any plea I might make for them to reconsider their attendance at this blasphemous play.
  • “I’m a church member!” We all know that church membership will never save a person—especially when they are willing to expose themselves to such a blasphemous denunciation of the Lord Jesus Christ!
  • “I’m an atheist!” An unbeliever particularly needs the truth I was offering in the tract. Otherwise, they would be more convinced of their wicked unbelief! They needed something to pull them from this spiritual delusion.
  • “I’ve seen this play seven times before and it is really inspiring!” This kind of response was so pathetic. They were so deceived that they didn’t know of the great delusion they had and the damage it did to their spirit and any faith that they may have had.
  • “I’m a devoted Catholic!” I probably could have said something like, “This tract is for Catholics too!”
  • “I’m okay!” Many said this, but in reality they were not And rejecting the truth of the tract showed that they were not okay with the Lord or with His truth. The fact that they proceeded to enter the play indicated that they were not at all spiritually okay!
  • “No!” This simple answer or response was supposed to just put to death any attempt on my part to offer them the truth by means of a tract. They just weren’t interested.
  • “Sir, this will increase your faith!” Two or three times someone offered to give me a free ticket if I would agree to come inside and see the presentation. I pointed out that this would be hypocritical of me. How could I spend so much time in the near-100 degree sun, offering tracts to hundreds of people, and then I would agree to see the blasphemy against my Lord! No, this just couldn’t be done and I would refuse to be a hypocrite!

Surely there were many other responses but these are some of the ones that come to mind.  They all show people who simply don’t want to take the time and make the effort to read a small 4-page tract that will be negative to a play that they wanted to see. I had done this sort of outreach many times in the past but it had been a while since I had done so. I wonder how you would have responded to the various comments that people make in this sort of situation?

It never ceases to grieve me that people are willing to accept, promote, and pursue spiritual error and refuse to accept the truth that will set them free. May God open their eyes to the truth!

–Richard Hollerman

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