Doug Hughes is a United States Postal Carrier with what he considers to be a crucial message which he passionately believes in: We need political/governmental fiscal reform. "We need to be worried about the piles of money that are going into Congress.”
He thought it might be effective to get his message across to Congress by making a play on his postal carrier status. So he wrote a letter, copied it, and addressed it in 535 separate envelopes to every member of Congress. He then decided to deliver them personally, not by making an appointment at each Congressional office, but by violating national airspace and illegally landing his gyrocopter, with the letters in tow, on the grounds of Capitol Hill!
For his efforts, Hughes was arrested and “returned to his home in Florida to await prosecution on charges of violating national airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. … He will wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet until a May 8, 2015 court hearing in Washington.” Needless to say, the letters were not “delivered” nor the messages read.
Hughes has expressed great frustration that his “message wasn’t getting through.” It seems that the Secret Service and Congress were far more concerned about all the laws he broke and potential lapses in national security than the contents of his 535 letters.
Hughes' antics were disruptive (not to mention expensive!). He respected neither the laws of the land, nor the time or attention of the Congress he sought to engage.
As Christians, we have a crucial message to share—the message of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We must exercise discernment in how we choose to package and deliver that message, however, if we want our message to “get through.”
Respect is key if we wish to engage our culture in an open and honest exchange.
“… but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong” (1 Peter 3:15-18).