Countering Hate —And Offering Salvation
By David W. Daniels
We live in a time when emotions are running high. People are offended at anything or anyone offering an alternative to the way they have been living. Let’s face it: we are living in a hyper-sensitive generation.
We have two ways of dealing with it. The one is to berate them for being so “soft,” and tell them to “grow up” and all sorts of other things. I am not sure how much good that is doing. It seems to make us feel justified. But the problem does not go away. In fact, I think it ends up even worse.
I think I know of a more effective way to communicate with these people, without stooping to their level.
Let’s answer their claim that we hate them.
In the tract, Who’s the Real Hater?, we show how evil the Assyrians were, and how the people of Israel were fully justified in hating them. So when God told Jonah to go preach to them, Jonah ran to Joppa to catch a ship going the opposite direction!
Jonah knew that the Lord was willing to forgive those wicked people. But Jonah did not want them to be forgiven! He wanted God’s judgment to rain down on them; not His mercy.
Jonah did not love those people, to want them saved from God’s wrath. Jonah, the prophet of God, was a hater. He did not want to preach to them, so they would repent and turn to God and be saved from punishment.
Who’s the Real Hater? was originally written to Christians, to encourage them to win souls, because that shows true love. It is hate to let the lost perish unforgiven and go to the lake of fire.
But soul winners began writing to us, saying things like “I use this tract in soul winning. Why don’t you make it a regular tract, and put a proper ending, like all Chick tracts have?”
I have prayed, and now is the time. There is now a call to the reader of the tract to be saved, and the salvation page is in the back.
If you’ve seen people who are accusing Christians of hating non-Christians, this tract is for you. It shows how love is warning of God’s righteous judgment, and offering them salvation. In four pages, it shows a person getting saved and how much we love the unsaved. It ends with what Jesus did for the lost. Then it calmly and simply invites the reader to receive salvation.
In a day of political correctness, when people may be hyper-sensitive and feeling offended, this tract is subtle, quiet, polite, yet direct about the Gospel. While they are disarmed, it offers them salvation.
I already give it out as it is. I can’t wait to hand it out as a soul-winning tract. I hope you will, as well.