12/21/09 Jorge and Martin, 40's
While out jogging I stopped in at Dunkin' Donuts and asked two men drinking coffee at a table if I could sit with them and ask a few questions. Jorge and Martin will be spending Christmas in Chicago, away from their families once again because they live in Mexico. Martin, a Catholic, had limited English so I spoke mainly with Jorge who said he doesn't believe in religion. He grew up Catholic and wanted to be a priest but was talked out of it by his mother and their parish priest. He seemed bitter about this and now rejects organized religion because it is so full of hypocracy. He also had a lot of exposure to Muslims and Mormons in his home town. As he has fallen away from exposure to biblical truth he has developed all sorts of strange ideas including the belief that people create their own heaven or hell here on earth and that one is given repeated opportunities to live the same exact life over and over again, leading to a sense of deja vu, with the expectation that he should learn from his mistakes and not bring them into the next life. However, when I challenged him to think about what would happen if the Bible is true and we ARE accountable to God it began a long conversation full of insightful questions from Jorge. I had the privilege of sharing the Gospel and praying for both Jorge and Martin right there at the table, that God will bless their Christmas with new understanding and faith in Jesus Christ.