Penn Jillette is grateful

pennjillette1Along with being a magician / comedian, Penn Jillette is a firm atheist. Yet, he has an interesting take on a guy who, despite knowing Jillette’s view on God, recently gave him a gift and complimented his talents. Jillette was obviously moved and impressed by such respectful kindness…so much so, he recorded this video blog…

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…Do to others
as you would have them do to you.

3 Responses to “Penn Jillette is grateful”

  1. 1 Marilyn
    January 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Loved it! The man in the audience may not be the one to lead Penn to Christ, but he most definitely touched him and placed a little doubt in his mind. It was a great reminder for me that my conversations with non-believers aren’t always going to result in some type of dramatic conversion, but possibly just ready the soil for another seed sower!

    But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
    1 Peter 3:15

  2. 2 Larry
    January 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Hey yeah! I saw this about a month ago and thought it was really a great example of (1) how a Christian, if truly loving and honest can make an impact (even if you feel “fruitless” when doing it), and (2) that it’s great to see some atheists/non believers who understand that (most) Christians are not trying to earn gold stars or simply do things because they’re “what we’re told”, but because we love people and want to see the lost come to know Christ….

    Anyway, yeah, great video. Sad that he doesn’t choose Christ, but that’s his choice… 😦

  3. 3 Geoff
    January 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Interesting to note that Penn said the “guy knew I was an atheist”, not I am an atheist. Maybe a little Freudian grammar slip. The key to the 1 Peter 3:15 is the last part that probably got his attention “with gentleness and respect.”

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