Respect - Witnessing in the "Biker Community"
By rolandbray, Sep 20 2016 06:02PM
Many of us in the “biker community” heard a lot about respect this past weekend during Nehemiah Fest in Smithville, MO. The word was not necessarily used often, but the inference was there. If you attended Billy’s discussion Saturday morning, whether you know it or not, you heard about respect from a former 3-patch outlaw club member. If you were not there but want to understand some of the “dos and don’ts, let me explain.
His discussion was focused on “How to Witness to Outlaw Bikers”. Below are a few points he shared.
* When he said look for a prospect to talk to – he was telling you to respect the positions others hold.
* When he said never touch a club member’s colors, he was telling you to respect the colors
* He shared a story about David Alan Coe and how he was invited into David’s bus. He did not approach David or barge through the crowd. He showed respect by asking the Sergeant of Arms for permission to enter. - Respect
* Remember when he said to never pass a slow moving club on the road? Respect was the reason, in addition to the possibility of being able to offer assistance if there was a breakdown.
* How about the whip on the left, what was what about? Respecting the enforcer (of course there was a warning there as well).
* Being reminded that we should never leave our colors unattended, was an admonishment to respect our colors. You don’t leave your wallet on a table unattended. Why your colors? Both are subject to theft.
* Removing your glove before shaking hands again, shows respect. Wearing the glove gives the impression you don’t want to touch something “dirty” or “beneath you”. Don’t shame them.
That’s enough examples. Now you are probably asking, “What’s the purpose of today’s blog?”. Simply this…
When we are given witnessing opportunities, especially in the “biker community” it is very important to understand protocol and that we know the rules.
Each opportunity should be proceeded with much prayer and preparation, always remember the rules and also realize that not everyone is called (or able) to do it. Swinging a leg over a motorcycle and putting on a ministry vest is not automatically a calling to walk into a crowd of 1% bikers. It can be scary and intimidating. Proceed with much prayer and discernment. Walk among them, not within them.
Do not expect to be welcomed immediately, especially if you exhibit fear or are cocky and over confident.
Walk boldly but not puffed up and confident but not cocky. Most importantly, know your material and be prepared to answer questions. Don’t fake it – they may know the bible as well as, or better than you. Assume nothing and expect to be tested. They need to know you are real, are prepared, and most of all that you love them and are not there to judge them.
In addition to knowing your scripture and being fully prepared, it is important to know what is acceptable when wearing your ministry colors. For example, some ministries allow their members to smoke or have an occasional drink – but – not when wearing their colors. If, while sharing with a club member, you are invited to go to the bar and you are comfortable, go. Order tea, water, coffee, soft drink, etc. do not order alcohol while wearing your colors. They may be testing you. They know the rules as well as, if not better than some ministry members do.
Honestly, regardless of what your ministry rules are – never smoke, drink, do drugs, use foul language or do anything that brings disgrace to Jesus Christ and/or your ministry. Club members study us, they want to know that you live and practice what you preach. They can spot a fake and would have no reservation calling you out. Don’t do anything to disrespect your colors – or theirs. Just be real.
Five things to remember:
* Prayer – don’t proceed without it
* Preparation – this takes time and study
* Position – try to get near a prospect – don’t “invade the hive” and certainly DO NOT approach a high ranking member without permission
* Posture – walk confidently but not with a threatening attitude
* Provision – provide some material (tract, bible, business card) with him if he will accept it