5/8/10 Edward, Ned both about 40
Outside Cellular Field there is a smoking area surrounded by a low fence, making it an excellent place to have unhurried conversations with fans during White Sox games. I started a conversation with two smokers (Edward and Ned) who are Lithuanian immigrants, working in Chicago as truck drivers for the last ten years. It was interesting to find out about their upbringing in the Lithuanian Catholic Church, both before and after the fall of communist rule, and their views of religion and American society in general. They believe in God but haven't given much thought much about eternal things. They assume that they are good people who will end up in heaven and are somewhat shocked at the rampant sin of American culture, especially given all the churches we have here - and they seemed to feel blameless in comparison. I walked them through an explanation of God's law as His standard of judgment, the demands of His justice, and the mercy He offers through faith in Christ. This was all clearly new to them, and they listened with interest. Their only Bible is written in Lithuanian so I gave them an English version as they headed back inside the stadium.