As I looked at my surroundings I felt like I had gone back in time. I imagined that what I saw could have been Babylon centuries before, in all her sin. Or perhaps it was more like Rome, during her orgy days. It was painful to swallow the reality that this is Israel, the Holy Land.” Again my imagination carried me back as I thought of Moses coming down from the mountain to see the people worshipping the golden calf.
Writhing bodies danced to a most alluring beat. As the drums rolled louder, the frenzy got wilder. The dancers were on top of huge trucks that drove slowly past families and many young people who had came to see the spectacle.
We had come to the annual “love parade.” The crowd seemed to be in a state of shock, yet I could see many onlookers being seduced by the very scantily clad dancers as the trucks stopped for endless time spans on the shores of Jaffa.
I felt pity, and I think Yeshua (Jesus) felt it, too. It was so desperate a crowd. They were looking for love, all of them, and in all the wrong places. Men danced with men, and well…you get the picture.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
We had not come to witness the spectacle but to work, handing out literature to show people the reality of God’s love, trying to point seekers to Messiah.
It was one of those days that made me glad to be an evangelist, glad to be a light in the darkness. Our tract pointed out that there are many kinds of “love” but the love we all truly need is God’s love in Yeshua. I know that thousands of people read that message. It was an opportunity to hear God’s voice. With all the other voices swirling about, His message came in loud and clear to many out there at the parade. In contrast to the seductive dancers on the trucks, the body of Christ was moving to a different rhythm as we offered our simple pamphlets, giving people a choice to think about the Messiah.
A love parade they wanted, a love parade we gave them indeed, full of truth, grace and mercy. Most were surprised to see us there, but we’ll keep coming back, we’ll love people as God does and hope that they will come to know Him and His everlasting love.
I believe another group was also dancing, a group of angels in heaven. I imagine them dancing in holy unison. They rejoiced because we went out for Yeshua’s Name’s sake and the hope that He alone can give. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Let’s pray that some of those people who came out for the love parade will respond to the gospel message. Let’s pray they find God’s love in Christ Jesus, a love from which nothing can separate us.