While I was out to dinner a while ago with several Christian friends it came time to pay the bill. One generous person, who I'll call William, offered to pay the bill for all of us. While I saw William figuring out the tip that he was planning to leave our server I reached in to my pocket to get a million dollar bill gospel tract that I carry around. I knew William fell in to the category of someone that did not hand out Gospel tracts on a regular basis, but I did not assume he would fall in to the category of people that would not. I, in fact, was quite shocked when I handed him the gospel tract to include with the servers tip and he refused. He stated that he didn't believe that giving our server a gospel tract was a good idea because it would be better to verbally share it with our server. Even the person sitting across from him, who was involved in the matter agreed that it would not be good to leave a gospel tract, but would instead be better to speak to the server directly. When I asked that person if he was planning on speaking to the server directly to share the gospel, he just starred at me, as though shocked by even the question.
So after dinner, I proceeded to go find our server. I shared with her that she did a great job as a server and that myself and my friends all appreciated her service. I then handed her a million dollar bill gospel tract and shared with her that we did intact leave her a real tip, but that I also wanted to share this million dollar bill with her. I told her that myself and my friends were Christians and that we didn't have any desire to shove our religion on people but that we did think the message on the back was very important and we wanted her to have it. She smiled, looked at me, and said thank you. I smiled, looked back at her and said you're welcome.
William, and another at the table, stated that it was better not to leave a gospel tract and instead to talk to the person directly, but neither of them did that. I did not speak share with that girl that she had a sin problem, and needed a savior in order to be forgiven, verbally, but I did share a gospel tract and a smile with her. Which way seems better, more caring, and more inline with what God would want? I think the way I shared the gospel, is better than the way they didn't. While it may be better to engage in a verbal conversation with someone regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is certainly better to share it written than not at all, right?
Charles Spurgeon has been quoted saying "When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready...get good striking tracts, or none at all...therefore, do not go out without your tracts." Charles Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, is saying that sometimes it may not be appropriate to share the gospel through preaching, and the circumstances may not be ideal to engage in a private conversation about the gospel. In those cases, use a good gospel tract. I can only assume that Spurgeon would want a gospel tract that contains a clear, concise, biblical gospel tract that contained both the bad news that sin is breaking God's law and the punishment for it is death and eternity in hell, and of course, the good news that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross to pay the price for sinners who would believe in Him.
Why should Christians use Gospel tracts? The short answer is "Christians should use Gospel tracts, because God uses Gospel tracts." The Apostle Paul said, "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22). If the Apostle Paul meant "by all means," he surely would have used gospel tracts as a means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all, that some might be saved. While I don't support everything that the aging Billy Graham says, I do agree with him when he said of Gospel Tracts: "Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News." For 10 Reasons to use Gospel tracts, click the link below.