3/12/12 Danae, about 18
Yesterday, Eric and I met after work in order to go out and initiate some gospel conversations. We realize this goes against the grain of our contemporary church culture which tells us that we should politely wait until people ask us about our beliefs, invite people to come to our Bible studies and special events, or at least hope and pray they show up at church on Sunday mornings. But Jesus said "Go" - so we went. One person we talked to was a polite and fashionable young lady named Danae. When asked about her religious beliefs she really hadn't given it much thought. She had no religious upbringing and hadn't thought about or pursued any religious path. She seemed, basically, clueless about the things of God. I've talked to a lot of people like her who are caught up in their own little world and day to day concerns, and it makes me wonder - outside of a move of the Holy Spirit, usually through being reached out to by other people, how would a polite but clueless person like this have the courage or confidence to ask us Christians about our faith? Would they even know what questions to ask? Should we expect them to reach out by coming to us and to our meetings? Since the Bible says there is "no one who seeks God" (Romans 3:11) shouldn't the burden be on us to go to them? Why do we think that it is somehow more "spiritual" if we wait until unbelievers take the initiative?