I hate receiving junk mail as email. I receive enough legitimate email to work through each day, I do not need the "unnecessary" used Japanese cars for sale, winning a lottery notice, great deals on internet advertising or website designs . . . They waste my time. Sometimes I have to check email addresses just in case I hit "Delete" too soon.
However God led me to a counter plan. I reply to each junk mail and attach two GLOW (Go Light Our World) tracts. People who send junk mail are bold and brash with services and products we usually do not need. Seventh-day Adventist Christians have a message of good news in Jesus that the whole world needs to hear. We need to be as bold in sharing our faith.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Colossae, “. . . make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5 NIV). In context he is talking about how we relate to those of different faith backgrounds.
Last Sabbath I met an Adventist who sends a Bible study every day on WhatsApp to relatives overseas. I admire the others who text a God blessing to their unchurched friends and who post Christian and Adventist messages on Facebook or Linkedin or blog spiritual insights. Such Adventists are making the most of every opportunity and give me courage.
I often wonder how the junk senders respond to my email that says, “Thanks for the offer you make however I am not needing this at the moment. What I have attached is valuable for all humans for all time” with the attached “Where is God when I am Hurting” and “The Promise of Peace”. I did receive one response from a Japanese Used Car salesperson saying they had read the attachments and thanked me for them!
So let’s be creative this year and make the most of every opportunity to uplift Jesus and His message in some way. Who knows what the response might be!
Glenn Townend is president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific.