I was walking around Times Square the other day (why do I keep doing that?) and I came across the usual melee of homeless, hucksters, tourists and workers. There were also these ‘green shirted’ people (they all had deep green shirts with some words emblazoned on them) and they were waving these huge banners. As I approached them I saw what the banners said.
“Discover forgiveness for all your sin and Eternal Life in the Living Jesus Not Church”
The other read:
“Last Days Last Chance Escape Hell Seek Jesus.”
Ah, religious zealots! Let’s see what these folks have to say. When I approached their stance to get these attached images, a chipper blonde girl came over to me and said, “hi!” Thinking that I knew what she wanted, I was cautious. “Who do you represent?” I asked.
She sort of guffawed at the bluntness of my question. “Myself,” she said.
“No, no, what are these banners?”
“Just my family. My dad, my mom, my siblings.”
The family are the Woroniecki’s. Michael, his wife, and his six kids. They go around all over the world and celebrate life and the living Jesus She handed me some literature which I gladly took. This was not your typical phrasings, pictures, and a self-addressed stamped envelope from the organization with an outstretched hand seeking donations. No this was a pamphlet which was maybe four inches by four inches, folded in half, and was DENSLEY packed with text. “Love calls. Truth beckons. Don’t do it!” the program starts. The whole thing is quite striking.
The thrust of this message was that Jesus is alive and that we need to actively seek him out. We can’t hold to the scripts which have been passed down to us through our churches or what have you. We need to establish our own individual working relationship with Jesus rather than just be told about Him.
They are quite the story-tellers, that much is true. The Woroniecki family have done quite a job in their video recordings and production. If you visit their website (1), you will see how resonant their production is.
On their surface, you have got to give the Woroniecki family props for at least believing in something, talking about it, not asking for anything from anyone, and being what appears to this scribe, as genuine people. It does not take a lot of research online to discover that this family has had its share of controversy throughout the years, but from my interaction with them, they just looked like they wanted to talk. Nothing wrong with talking insofar as I can tell.
If you consider it objectively, the Woroniecki family have a point too. Whatever you believe, the opening statement from their website is pretty clear: “We live in a day and age where there are over 30,000 denominations of Christianity and multitudes of religious groups…People talk all about their problems and find no answer in religion.”
How can anyone hear the clear truth, whatever that is, with all that extra noise?