4th of July Launchers: sharing your faith on Independence Day
Earlier this year David Brickner wrote an article titled, “Launchers,” inspired by William Wilberforce and his zeal to find ways to “launch” into gospel conversations. Jews for Jesus has been using our own style of “launchers” for many years. Maybe you know from your own life and witness, these opportunities can be found everywhere!
Take the 4th of July, for example. Many people will have the day off; many will host or go to a BBQ. Casual conversations about either of these can be a launcher to spiritual truth:
- We celebrate freedom by tasting good food—but did you ever stop to think that spiritual freedom means being able to taste and see that God is good?
- >We celebrate freedom by taking some rest—freedom in Jesus means taking Him up on his offer, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
These are quick conversation launchers that may or may not lead anywhere, but you never know until you try.
And if you find that someone is interested in talking more about freedom in relation to spiritual matters, that is a huge opening for a gospel witness. For example:
- We often think of being set free as getting rid of something that restrains us or interferes with how we want to live our lives.
But there is no such thing as being completely free, because any commitment, standard or value means that we consider ourselves free to do some things, but not others.
- God created us to have free will, and that means we get to choose whether or not to involve Him in our decisions.
We’ve all misused our free will at some point to think, say or do things that more or less tell God we know better than He does and/or we don’t want His interference in our lives. This not only alienates us from God, but leads to choices that alienate us from one another.
Jesus came to set us free from the consequences of our own misguided and destructive ideas of freedom. When we receive the forgiveness He offers, we become truly free to experience the peace and purpose that come with being reconciled to God.
What do you think?
Maybe you have your own 4th of July launcher that you’d like to share. We’d love to hear about your 4th of July witnessing encounters. Write and tell us about them here. We might even publish some, so please let us know whether we have your permission to use your story in our print or online version of the newsletter.
Newsletter Editor, Missionary
Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.