What is an extended stay evangelist you ask (or perhaps you don’t and you stumbled onto this site for some other reason)? This site will hopefully answer this question and allow you to share in my experiences.
So I have up and moved my entire family of 5 to a one bedroom apartment in an extended stay hotel in a less than savory area of town. It’s a big change. We’re going from a 3 bedroom 2 bath house with multiple living areas and a large backyard to two rooms–one bedroom with just enough room for our queen size mattress and a crib matress for the 2 year old, and a combo living-dining-kitchen, plus a small bathroom of course. I’m typing this while sitting on the crib matress with my feet on the queen from our bedroom (at least we have free internet access, yea!). We’re still unpacking what little we have left after giving away most of our possessions, but I can already tell that it is going to work. We fit, even in relative comfort. We’re where we should be, for now.
I know what you’re thinking: “You must be crazy.” I’d have thought the same thing if someone had told me even two years ago that this is where I would be today. So let me tell you what’s “wrong” with me–what causes an upper-middle-class suburban family man to give away his possessions and move his family into an urban hotel in a poor area.
I know a secret that much of the world does not know or chooses to ignore. The Bible (you know the book you hate it when people thump?) is true. It’s not merely a good “guide for living” or a “collection of stories” or a “moral option.” It is actually hard, black-and-white true. The kind of true that’s worth betting on. A sure thing.
I know I’ve lost a good half of you who have at this point written me off as “one of those fanatics” and moved on. Of those that are left, I figure most of you still would deny the truth of the above statement. Even if you identify yourself as a Christian you probably have some doubts in the back of your mind. You’ve heard someone or another bring up some apparent inconsistencies and you didn’t have an answer and now you’re not really sure what to believe. A few of you do believe the above and yet still can’t imagine how that simple statement could lead inexhoraby to the actions I outlined in my first paragraph. Stick with me. Over the next weeks and months, I’ll share my adventures living as an extended stay evangelist. I’ll also be answering some of those nagging questions, sharing with you the truth of the Bible and encouraging you to seek (and find) the truth for yourself.
My name is Robert Flach and I am worried about the contant flow of people into everlasting punishment and shame due to my inaction and the inaction of other Christians
like me who have let their fear overcome their compassion. I have
decided to make a change in my own life to do what I believe God is
calling me (and all Christians) to do. Notice the parentheses in the last sentence. That’s right. God is calling you as a Christian to be doing what I am doing. But don’t take my word for it. Read your own Bible, pray, and listen for God to speak to your heart. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be quoting scripture on this site (from public domain texts and with proper attribution), but I would encourage you to get a hold of the word of God (the Christian Bible) for yourself, read the full context of anything anyone quotes to you, and listen to what God has to say.
I had at the same time become concerned with the state of Christians in America today–specifically, the fact that the majority cannot be easily differentiated from their neighbors (except by their location on Sunday morning, and possibly, a few other nights per week). I believe that God calls us to be in the world but not “of” it. To me that means that it should be possible to easily tell the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian through a very short period of observation of their daily life.
Well that wasn’t (and still isn’t) me. This isn’t some holier-than-thou diatribe about why I’ve got it right and you’ve got it wrong. In fact I know I’ve got it wrong. That’s why I’ve begun this journey, and I’m sure God will correct and guide me along the way. But I do want to encourage you if you haven’t started, if your neighbors don’t know you’re a Christian, if your bumper sticker is your only witnessing tool, to join me on a journey into the heart of God’s will, into the great comission, into the only task that is really worth doing with a Christian’s time on this earth–preventing the wholesale loss of the only life worth having by the hordes of people who are dying each day without realizing the truth of God’s word.
And how do we go about it? Well I’ve started by getting rid of a lot of things that were hindering me from doing God’s work and fulfilling his plan for my life, and then moving to an area where he could more easily use me on a daily basis.
And there you have it: Now you know how an upper-middle-class suburban family man can give away his possessions and move his family into an urban hotel in a poor area. If you want to follow my journey, see me fall on my face, see God move in people’s hearts, see what happens next. Hang on. There are more posts to come.
Let me close this missive with a few truths.
1. Daniel 12:2 says: “And many of them that
sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life,
and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”†
2. Matthew 10:28 says: “And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to
kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell.”
Are you absolutely sure you know what happens after we die?
I am–I am absolutely sure I know what happens after we die. Futher I am confidently assured by an unimpeachable authority that my knowledge is accurate.
If you’re not, consider checking out the following questionnaire: Are You Good?
† All quotes will be from the American Standard Version of the Bible. This version is in the public domain. I choose to use a Public Domain Biblical text because the idea of copyrighting the Bible (and placing restrictions on its use) seems both hypocritical and counterintuitive.