digests dissects an “evangelism” video.
This “how to” video on evangelism caught my attention not too long ago. Oh, there’s so much about this video….Where to begin?
Before we get into the video itself, let’s look at the man in front of the camera. This is Eric Hovind of Creation Today. Eric is the son of Kent Hovind, a young earth creationist who established Creation Science Evangelism in 1991. Kent Hovind is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of multiple federal offenses, mostly involving tax fraud and illegal cash transactions. Eric Hovind took over Creation Science Evangelism and renamed it Creation Today.
Creation Today seems to exist primarily as an apologetics ministry. There are plenty of seminars and classes being taught around the country. Most seem to focus on creationism, apologetics, atheism, evolution, and scientific teaching. Eric became well known in the critical thinking community when he seemed to be flustered by questions from an 11-year-old boy during a debate at Portland State University.
Back to the video. At the beginning, Eric states that because restaurants are asking for your name to make sure they get your order to you, this is a “great opportunity to witness.” When the employee behind the register asks for his name, he says, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Then adds, “Say it nice and loud. I want to make sure I hear it. I’m way in the back over there.” After paying for his food, Eric looks into the camera and says, “Now, all you gotta do is sit back and let them witness for ya. Pretty cool.”
Cut to receiving the food. Two employees shout out, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Eric says, “That’s a true statement right there!”
My immediate thoughts after watching this video are:
Eric is a lazy person if he can’t do his own evangelism.
Eric is a very smug person. I find his cockiness and demeanor in this video gross.
Add to that cockiness the insensitivity of having someone make a religious statement that they may not agree with just so he can make his “statement.” If I were the worker, I would have looked at the ticket number and said, “Right. You’re #218.”
One final note. Did you notice the description of the video?
Fine dining establishments are now asking for your name when you order. This turns out to be a great time to share the gospel!
This is Taco Bell for goodness sake! I’m not a fine dining connoisseur, but I do know that fine dining places do not ask for your name except for the reservation and that Taco Bell is not considered “fine dining.”