I must say, I’ve been surprised by the number of reporters, representing various media outlets worldwide, who have asked me who we will be welcoming at the life-size Ark attraction when it opens July 7 in Northern Kentucky.
Secularists seem to misunderstand not only the biblical doctrines Christians adhere to and why, but also our burden to show God’s love and salvation message to everyone! From some of the questions I’ve received from certain reporters, I get the sense they think that, because we speak against gay “marriage,” abortion, and other issues, those who may disagree with us are not welcome at the Ark. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now, I’ve certainly experienced situations where secularists who oppose Christians are often intolerant of Christians personally. It seems that part of the secularists’ confusion comes from the fact that secularists think Christians will act the same way toward them. Although born-again Christians will certainly speak boldly against the secular worldview, they should not be intolerant of the secularist personally but show the love of Jesus as we reach out to them.
So let me answer some of the questions reporters have been recently asking:
“Will gays be welcome to visit Ark Encounter?” Of course! We want everyone to come. The Ark Encounter was built to help us do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission:
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
Recently, I had the honor of showing the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, through the Ark. Although he does not accept Genesis as straightforward history, President Carter was amazed at the craftsmanship in all the woodworking. Patrick Marsh, our VP of design, and I explained to him the biblical and evangelistic nature of the exhibits’ content as we toured. I pray I will be able to do this with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and President Obama.
We’re reminded in 2 Peter 3:9 that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Oh, how we pray every non-Christian who comes to the Ark will hear the call of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,