“(The) girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the (evil) spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.” Acts 16:17-18
During a Sunday stroll with friends, through “Old Town” Bratislava (Slovakia), we came upon a “Christian Rap” concert sponsored by a local church. They invited a guest rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a guest evangelist from London. As the curious crowds gathered, one “slightly” inebriated homeless man saw his moment to shine! And shine he did! (see also part 2 and 3 on my youtube channel!) I recall once seeing a birthday card which read (essentially), “The Lord moves in mysterious ways…and so do white guys on the dance floor!…” It must have been this dear brother’s birthday, ’cause he was really cutt’n lose!
Watching this hilarious man “bust’n moves in the Brat” reminded me of how, often, our efforts to share the gospel encounter seemingly “random” distractions. Yet, the more I learn, from Scripture and experience, about the nature of spiritual opposition to the “good news,” the less random, or surprising it becomes when a crazed person, or otherwise, begins to deflect attention away from the message of salvation.
I recall in George Whitefield’s bio (18th century “field preaching” evangelist) how some hooligans would urinate on Whitefield’s head from trees above, as he proclaimed Christ, the way of salvation, to literally tens of thousands of people!
Thankfully, God is able to take the distractors and detractors and use them to accomplish his redemptive purpose of saving souls, for the sake of his great name. After all, what more could you ask for at a dance party, than a totally insane, out of his mind, danc’n fool! I suspect the “Homeless (M.C.) Hammer” and King David, who danced in his underwear, may have really hit it off! And I hope, by the grace of God, that one day they do! By then, I think I’ll be ready to bust a move, too!