3 Conversations You Can’t Have Gracefully
- Money: “How much money do you have? Great, now tell me how you got all that money, so I can get some too.”
- Politics: “So, did you vote for a Republican or a Democrat?”
- Religion: “I’m a Christian. Would you like to go to Church with me?”
What’s funny about the last conversation isn’t just that you can’t have it gracefully, but that it bothers us to have this conversation at all.
When I was a kid (not that long ago by the way) it was considered an honor to be asked by someone to visit their church. Somewhere along the line, that changed. I don’t know why, but it seemed to happen about the same time atheism grew in the media and Christianity became ‘uncool’ on TV. All of the sudden, it was gone like Disco.
No matter the reason, we as Christians need to stop being ashamed of our religion. Yes, admit it, we are ashamed of our religion if we can’t talk about it openly with others.
Why not walk up to your co-worker and say, “Hey, do you want to go to church with me this weekend?”
We don’t seem to have a problem with walking up to someone and saying, “Hey, do you want to check out that new restaurant with me this weekend?” Some of us, and you know who you are, feel more comfortable saying, “Hey, how about hitting that new bar with me this weekend?” than asking someone to go to church with you.
I think it comes down to this: We have to break the ice. How do we do that? By making it ok to ask. And, we do that by making it a common practice. It’s going to be awkward the first time. You’ll feel like a giraffe on skates, but do it anyway. After that, it will get easier. Who knows, maybe that’s the best thing you could do for the person you’re talking to.
What are they going to do? Punch you in the face? If so, you can say you ‘took one on the chin’ for God. In my experience, more hugging than punching occurs. They may not say ‘yes’ right away, but you’ve at least planted the seed. You gave out an invitation for God.
Here’s to asking someone to go to Church with you this weekend – and making it a common thing.
When’s the last time you asked someone to Church? Why?