5/17/10 Taylor, Nehemiah, Thomas 17, 20,30
At Starbucks today I asked people at several tables for permission to ask questions about their spiritual beliefs. The first young lady said she is a Christian but would rather not talk about it. The second, Taylor, is a high school student and a believer who is involved with a Christian club at her school that actively seeks to build relationships with non-Christians in the hopes of sharing their faith. They do this through various events such a bowling, but don't have any overtly Christian activities such as Bible studies. I tried to encourage her in her efforts, and told her that ever since I was in high school I too have wanted to share my faith but never really knew how until only recently when I heard of using the law to help others see their need for Jesus. At the third table was a young man named Nehemiah whom I had talked with months earlier and, though he didn't have time to talk, told me our conversation had been very encouraging and helpful to him. Finally, at the fourth table was Thomas, whom I also talked with months ago. He is a follower of Lois Farrakan and the Nation of Islam, and our conversation picked up where we had left off. It took a while but I think I made some progress in helping him understand that God is holy and His justice can't be bought with bribes in the form of good works - a key difference between Islam and Christianity.