Recently, I was shopping at one of my favorite stores when (I guess) someone who worked there realized that I was a pastor of a local church. Apparently, he wanted to prove to me that he was some sort of SUPER CHRISTIAN!!!
So he walked into my aisle and randomly announced, “Hey everybody, I think we should start a Bible study right now. Does anybody have a Bible? I think we should get into the Word.”
People just started looking around confused and making faces. I just kept my head down, and tried to act like finding the right hairspray was really an involved process.
I guess since that attempt failed, he walked away. He returned a few minutes later asking people in my aisle, (in a WAY too loud tone of voice) “Hey, did you go to church this weekend? You know you should go to church right?”
One poor soul answered, “No I slept in… I was tired!” He then let her know, “If you had more Jesus, you wouldn’t be so tired!”
I guess I need more Jesus because I was tired when I woke up this morning. 🙂
Don’t be weird.
I’m really glad he’s a “Super Christian”, because I certainly am not. I’m just a normal Christ follower trying to stay sane myself, and tell others about the goodness of God in the meantime!
I don’t know if someone had taught this guy to invite people to church that way, or if he was unsure exactly about what to say. Maybe he was just trying too hard to impress me because I’m a pastor?
Whatever the reason, I promise you, that kind of behavior is NOT going to attract people! No one will be interested if we start talking loud and out of control about the Cardinals, Justin Bieber, or whatever the hottest thing of the moment is.
When we act differently about one area of our life than we do about any other area of our life, people are going to think that we’re just WEIRD! Jesus isn’t weird. He’s a rock. He is solid. He is always there and he loves everyone.
I’ve been informed by the college crew that whenever somebody makes a SUPER SPIRITUAL statement about something normal, it’s considered either JESUS JUKE or just plain JEEZY! Either way, that person is immediately written off!
I think there’s entirely too much JEEZY going on in the world. If we truly want our friends to fall in love with Jesus like we did, we have to be NORMAL people that just happen to LOVE GOD. We have regular everyday conversations that involve God…but aren’t crazy.
Take it slow.
We don’t need to judge people or start out by criticizing them. We can tell them about Jesus, without yelling at them or ramming it down their throats.
We can just LOVE them. Invite them to church, the same way we would invite them to dinner. Get them asking questions, and then BE THERE to answer them.
So what do YOU do?
Do you have a favorite way to engage people and share your faith? Or what have you seen someone do that you thought might be an atheist pretending to be a Christian because they were actually working for us in reverse?