Using fake money for your real God.

Someone named “Tico and Tina” posted this on Instagram and asked if it were doing more harm than good.

Fake Money Tract

I am willing to accept it as good if you can show me an example of where Christ did something similar.

When he met the woman at the well, did he hand her a bucket, watch her try to drink only to find it empty and then say, “Disappointed? You won’t be disappointed in the living water?” Did he not engage with her at all and instead just leave some fake drachmas by the well?

And when he healed someone, did he ever just pretend heal them and then say whatever was Aramaic for “Pysch! Disappointed your leg is still crippled? God’s love will never disappoint you.”

I don’t remember any of that ever happening but I’m no scholar. I’m just a handsome blogger, but maybe there’s more to life than just being really, really, really ridiculously good looking?

Let’s quit creating tracts that try to sucker punch people into Jesus.


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  1. Brenda says

    I agree that just leaving tracts (especially ones that look like dollar bills) or just handing them out doesn’t work. However, using them as a conversation starter does.

    I was having a very bad day one day a few years ago. My housemate had just kicked me out of her house. I was at walmart wondering what to do, and was sitting on the bench by the doors. An elderly gentleman came up and sat next to me. He said he noticed I looked kind of down and was wondering if he could pray for me. I told him (briefly) what was up. He asked if I knew Jesus. I said I did, but would appreciate his prayers. He prayed for me. Then (and only then), he reached into his suit pocket and pulled out a list of Bible verses of encouragement and handed them to me. I saw him leaf through several tracts before finding the one he gave me. It appears this man knows how to do tract evangelism:
    1) He talked with me FIRST to see what my need was.
    2) He prayed with me.
    3) He had tracts of several different varieties for many different purposes.

    It worked. I went home encouraged.

    • Helen Leckie says

      hey, that’s lovely. I have never heard of tracts being used in this way, and have always steered clear of them. It’s encouraging to know that they can have a place if used sensitively as you describe.

    • Chef says

      How did you go home? I thought you had been kicked out by the woman that owned the house?

  2. Jeff says

    When I lived in the Cincinnati area in the late 90’s a kid ran into the street (on Glenway Ave. in the Western Hills area) thinking he was chasing a $100 bill, got hit by a car, and later died. The $100 bill ended-up being a bible tract.

  3. says

    Very glad to see this post. My son plays Christian music and he and his band are based out of Nashville. They have been signed to a record label and things are progressing for them however until they get to the point that they can all make a living at this, most of the band waits tables. My son, on several occasions has received one of these as his TIP. His only TIP. No they didn’t wrap it in a real twenty or even a real five they just laid that tract right on the table and thought they were doing a good thing. He told me that most of the waiters in his restaurant have certain names they use for the pastors who come in with their big Bibles and lay them on the table. Then they are loud and rude to the waiters and then they don’t tip. It is a horrible witness for our Lord. Ever since my son told me this my wife and I have really increased our own tipping. That’s the way believers should be if they want to leave a good impression on the waiter. Leave a tract, sure but wrap it in a large bill. That way the waiter may actually read it.

  4. Helen Leckie says

    We handed out real money as a stunt once – – it’s unbelieveably hard to give away. This has been tried all over the world, so it’s not just that my husband (the guy in the video) might look kind of scary if you don’t know him…The point was that people are looking for the catch, which is kind of why people hold back from accepting the promises of Jesus. Regretting now that we didn’t use it as an evangelism tool to talk to people in the street about the kingdom rather than just using it as an illustration to show the young adult group at church.

  5. Henry says

    I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

    Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. as part of your email signature.

    An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

    For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.