During a weekend full of blessings, some of the particularly joyful times for me was when I had opportunity to place gospel tracts into the hands of police officers.
The Super Bowl 50 festivities in San Francisco were attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Making their way through the sometimes-rough sea of people were hundreds, if not thousands, of law enforcement professionals. Having engaged in evangelism at a number of large-scale sporting events, I knew the police presence would be massive–especially considering how the world becomes a more dangerous place every day.
Not long ago, I wrote a gospel tract specifically for the law enforcement community–Police Lives Matter. This was the tract I distributed to law enforcement professionals during the Super Bowl Outreach.
As with all of my gospel tracts, I wrote this title with Marv Plementosh of One Million Tracts. Marv designed the tract’s front image.
I wrote this gospel tract for two reasons: 1) to provide an easy way for Christians to communicate the gospel with one of the most intimidating, hard-to-reach subcultures in any society; 2) to provide a tangible and personal response to the growing number of Christians who hold the law enforcement community in derision.
Here’s the text of the gospel tract:
#PoliceLivesMatter. Your life matters. I’m giving you this card because I appreciate your service to your community. I’m aware that a member of the law enforcement family, your family, gives his or her life in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice every 60 hours (in the United States). “Thank you” seems woefully inadequate for not only what can be rightly described as your heroic efforts, but also your daily commitment to protect and serve. There are many people like me who greatly appreciate your sacrificial service. It is with appreciation and respect for you—not only as a public servant, but as a human being (my neighbor)—that I share the following with you. Every human being, people on both sides of the badge, will one-day stand before their Creator to give an account for their life. God, the perfect Judge, will judge you according to the law He has written on your heart. You know it is wrong to lie, steal, take God’s name in vain, engage in sexual immorality, or hate another human being because you were created in the image of God, and God is not a liar, thief, blasphemer, fornicator, adulterer, or murderer. Because God is good, He must punish sin. The punishment he has determined for sin is eternity in hell. Yet God has also provided a way for you to be declared innocent and receive His forgiveness. Your only hope is for Jesus, the God-Man, to save you from the wrath of God. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth—fully God and fully man, yet without sin. He voluntarily shed his innocent blood and died on the cross, taking upon Himself the punishment you rightly deserve for your sins against God. Three days later, He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave. Repent and believe the gospel while God has given you time. I am praying for your safety.