Our friend and blogger Wally Fry wrote a piece titled “God’s Garden-Lettuce Be Kind Part 10-Jesus the Only Way You Say? That’s NOT Very Nice” in which he shared about the loving act of evangelizing to the lost. Wally quoted atheist Penn Jillette, of the magician duo, Penn & Teller the following paragraph:
“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?
“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is moreimportant than that.”
I like the quote and I’ve used this quotation from Penn Jillette several times in the past as a sermon illustration. I’ve asked Wally if he’s seen the actual clip and I just realized the clip I have bookmarked has been taken down by Youtube. So I thought it was worthwhile to make it a post for future reference of where the clip is available.
It seems at this moment on Youtube only a 53 second excerpt of the Video log can be found. Here it is:
If you are on Facebook someone has loaded this clip here:
There’s also a video available on Vimeo: