My oldest son and I attended the Dude Perfect Tour in Raleigh, North Carolina. From the outset, our family are unofficial members of the Dude Perfect fan club–I don’t know if an official fan club really exists. Our family practices the Christian virtue of patience each Monday to see if a new video drops on YouTube because we consume and wait in eager anticipation for their next one to post. As a father, these guys present family friendly entertainment, which remains in high demand in today’s culture. They are fellow Aggies, and these 5 “dudes” do some pretty amazing trick shots (you can check them out by clicking this link: Dude Perfect YouTube channel).
As I looked around the stadium, I was excited to see many young children sitting next to their fathers and mothers. Dude Perfect’s content is for everyone, but has a way of targeting dads and their boys. I was encouraged to see the amount of fathers–like myself–who made time on a Sunday evening to bring their children to experience moments of laughter, song, and silly games. We cheered on our favorite dudes, we laughed at their silly jokes, and we cheered for the Rage Monster to “Rage in the Cage,” which he did. My son and I not only shared many smiles and high fives, but we also built memories that I pray will last for the rest of our lives.
These moments are what make Dude Perfect such an impactful group of YouTubers. Nevertheless, nothing compared to what came at the end of the show. Tyler (aka. bearded guy) stated at the end of their performance that he was going to come back on stage in 5 minutes to share a story with the audience. Anyone who wanted to stick around for it was welcome to stay seated. Of course, majority of the crowd stayed in attendance.
What was Tyler’s motive for this request to the audience? He shared the gospel. I was stunned–in a good way. I was thankful, and I was praying that all in attendance would have an authentic moment with Jesus Christ from this young guy’s words. I was encouraged that these young men had the courage to stand on the stage with thousands of eyes looking at them as they shared the life changing message of the gospel. I was enthusiastic that they were leveraging their platform for Christ. I was supportive that they were willing to risk their career to share the good news. My mind was taken to the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans when he wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
The Dude Perfect guys represent a model for how to do business on mission. Fellow believer, I think all of us can learn a valuable lesson from these young YouTubers. Followers of Christ need to think of ways to leverage their business, careers, and lives to advance the Kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps that is through amazing customer service that relays to our clients how we love our neighbors as ourselves. Maybe we make it a habit to conduct business through Christian virtues like not cheating others or being honest in our business dealings. Some of us have the ability to leverage our witness in other ways by praying for people we connect with or clearly sharing the gospel with employees, employers, or customers. My point is to be biblically discerning, but also kingdom minded. Christians should take a script from the Dude Perfect tour and think of ways to share the gospel with the people God has placed in our paths.
Therefore, I would like to ask you, “How can you think of ways to leverage your business or your life to make disciples of Jesus Christ?”
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