This is extraordinary.
Penn Jillette, the vocal half of magic duo Penn and Teller, is a known atheist. One night after a show he gets given a Gideon New Testament and Psalms by a member of the audience. This little clip says a lot
- Penn understands the gospel (although he has chosen to reject it). He understands that if it is true, it is the most important thing in the world.
- This is key – “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?”. Not telling someone that, say, a truck is bearing down on them – news that can save them, is downright evil. Surely withholding Jesus’ message of hope and grace and hope is the same, even if it is cultural convention to do so.
- He respects a man who, in the nicest way, shares the gospel with grace and love. I’m sure the manner in which the man spoke to Penn had a lot do with it – he has left a lasting impression