“Yeah” by Doug Fincher

September 19, 2016 - “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”   Psalms 107:2 

“Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” Malachi 3:16  

In 2008 Pam and I took a three week vacation to the Pacific Northwest. I once lived in Oregon and had for many years wanted to visit there again.  On our way up, we visited Yellowstone, spent several days along the Snake River, and a few days in Oregon and Washington.   On our way home we drove down the Highway 5 along the beautiful Oregon /California Pacific Coast line. 

It didn’t take long to us to see the difference between the Northwest and our home in the Bible-Belt.  (Only 25% Washington and Oregon’s population belong to a church…of any kind.)  And instead of the Christian decal of the fish on automobiles, we saw a large number of symbols promoting atheism. When we saw the fish sticker on a car one day, we followed it into a parking lot only to find that the fish had feet and the anti- God symbol “Darwin” inscribed on it.

But when we stopped at a Colorado Motel on the way home, a man wearing a large wooden cross checked us in. “He’s obviously a Christian”, I whispered to Pam.  As the clerk filled out his paper work, I asked him, “Are you a Christian?”…and never looking up, he almost inaudibly mumbled under his breath one word…. “Yeah”.  Since he never said anything else, it was obvious he didn’t want to talk about Jesus.

When we got to our room, I told Pam that if the man had said “No” instead of “Yeah”, it would have meant about the same thing.  This I know for sure:  The world will never be won to Jesus if we are just cross wearers instead of cross bearers….

And if all we can say about Jesus is…..