My Christian co-worker photocopied the first page of Genesis. He liked to leave this on park benches and in public places. For most of the Muslim population living around him — this piece of paper was the very first time they had ever read these stunning words of earth’s origin in their entire life. The words were an introduction to a new worldview.
One day while talking with that friend about this very technique, a secular middle-eastern woman came and sat next to us. Busy with our conversation I had set the photocopied piece of paper which was the heart of our conversation, on the seat next to me. The woman wanting to make a place for herself to sit, picked up the piece of paper to move it — but then she began to look at it. It was Genesis 1 and 2. After reading for about five minutes, she was visibly stunned and interrupted our conversation. “This is amazing, what is this?!” she politely asked. We said, “It’s the first page of the Old Testament.” She said she had never read or touched a Bible before. Because it was just a photocopy — it wasn’t intimidating for her. She read it again then began a very interesting conversation filled with many questions.
In a world with so many well prepared glossy colorful advertisements there is something just plain innocent about a photocopy.
Jesus wrote in the sand to make an unforgettable point. Maybe in a world of relativistic grey a photocopy will help people see God’s thoughts in black and white. It is sincere, simple and important.