Fellow Harley fan Peter Fonda of “Easy Rider” fame and myself on the streets of LA.
I was at a Harley Davidson shop recently with Steve Wilburn, our High School Pastor at Harvest. We struck up a conversation with a guy who worked there as we were tinkering with our bikes.
I began to share the gospel with him and he threw down one of the often heard “reasons” why people do not believe.
“What about hypocrites in the church?
Just then, a pretty loud Harley-Davidson motorcycle drove by with its signature sound.
To hear a Harley, click here.
These sounds do not do the bike full justice, but you get the idea. There’s no sound like a Harley.
I said to him, “You hear that? That is the sound of a genuine Harley-Davidson motorcycle!”
No other bike sounds like it, though many try. Not Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, or any other–only Harley. Being a Harley guy, he was in full agreement.
Then I said, “So, just because there are copies out there does not mean there is not an original. In fact, the very presence of all those imitations tell you they are imitating something!”
He was listening, and I continued, “And the thing they are imitating is a Harley!”
There is only one true God
I went on to explain that just because we have “imitation” Christians, or people who say they are believers but do not live it, does not mean Christianity is not true. It means that there will always be copies, but Jesus Christ is the real thing.
Jesus, in the parable of the “wheat and tares” (see Matthew 13), talked about a farmer who planted a crop of wheat. But in the night, his neighbor came and planted “tares,” or weeds, among the wheat.
Tares look a lot like wheat, especially when they first begin to grow. But in time, they actually uproot the wheat.
Satan has “flooded the market” with cheap substitutes (false religions, etc.) to confuse people, to keep them from the “real thing,” Jesus Christ. So that is all the more reason why we who really have asked Christ in our lives should “let our lives so shine” so others will come to know Him (Matthew 5:16).
Something to think about today.
P.S. Apologies to all my friends out there who ride Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, etc.
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