Yesterday, we looked at one form of street evangelism: bullhorn evangelism. Another form is Sandwich Board Evangelism.
In college, I encountered another form of street preaching: the sandwich board preacher. I was attending the state university, and one day, on my way to class, I noticed a large crowd gathering around a man with a sandwich sign strapped to his shoulders. Next to him stood a young girl, probably around ten years old, dressed all in white. I found out later this was his daughter.
The sign, however, caught my eyes. In big, bold, burning, red letters across the top it read: “GOD HATES…” and then scattered around the rest of the board were groups of people that God hates: liars, cheaters, atheists, drunks, adulterers, and gays (he used a different word, which I won’t include here).
He also had a bullhorn, and was busy announcing to the growing crowd of college students that all sinners were going to hell. He claimed that he had not sinned in 21 years, and his ten year-old daughter had never sinned in her entire life.
Some Christians who were there tried to argue with him from 1 John 1:8, that the one who says they have not sinned is a liar.
His response was that he wasn’t claiming he had not sinned. He had. Twenty-one years ago. And his daughter wasn’t claiming she had not sinned. He, the father, was making that claim. So 1 John 1:8 didn’t apply to either one of them. Nice, huh?
I can’t be certain, but I don’t think he got any “converts” that day, or even moved anybody in the right direction. So far, the bullhorn evangelist Red was up on this guy by one.