1/19/14 Matt about 22
Want to have a Gospel conversation, but don’t know how to start one? Just ask! “Excuse me, I’m wondering if you have time for an interesting question” is how I often start. If they don’t have time, they will tell me. Often, the response is “What’s the question?” so I answer “It’s a crazy question, I realize – What do you think happens after this life, if anything?” Usually, they get a big smile on their face as they formulate a response. Other times, they’ll say “That’s not something I care to discuss”. My response? “No problem, I respect that, but it’s something worth thinking about right?” and I go on my way. At least I’ve given them a friendly reminder that there’s more to life than their day to day concerns. But what if someone responds by asking, suspiciously, “Why do you ask?” I respond with the truth and a little logic. “Well, if there is such a thing as eternity, then we will spend a lot more time there than here right? And if there is a heaven and a hell, and a judge who will hold us accountable for our actions while here on earth like the Bible says, than we want to be sure to get it right. As a Christian who believes what the Bible says about eternity, it wouldn’t be right to keep my beliefs to myself even if I was wrong about the whole thing. So, if there is a heaven, do you think you would end up there?” This was how an hour-long conversation with a young man named Matt started today at the coffeeshop. He initially didn’t want to talk, but I think by my saying things like “IF what the Bible says is true…” , and by asking for his opinions and being willing to listen carefully and respond to his answers, I was showing him I was willing to consider other points of view and that we could have a conversation without arguing. A conversation involves two-way communication, so if you are willing to take the time to listen to what non-believers have to say as well as to share the Gospel, there are a lot of people out there who are willing to talk.