My good friend Ed has started his own blog over at edsedge.wordpress.com. Check it out, he’s a great writer!
As for me, I haven’t been as great at maintaining a blog, but he’s inspired me to give it another go. This post below was started a while back. Just something that struck me…
So, one day I was sitting in Starbucks, my office away from my office, doing some sermon prep. This meant I was sitting there just reading my Bible for a little while. Usually my computer is out too, so I guess then it’s obvious I must be working on something like a sermon or Bible study. But for the moment, I was just reading my Bible. There was a table with three people close by, and in my peripheral vision I noticed them looking at me. So when I glanced up, one of them asks, “Is that a Bible?” I say yeah, and then they say, “Cool! We’re believers too!” Then after I told them I’m a pastor, they politely went back to their conversation.
So on the way home, I get to thinking… a) How sad is it that reading scripture, to yourself, but in a public place seems like a rare occurance these days? But then, b) Why do other Christians, or believers, feel the need to congratulate you for doing so? This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. My wife and I were complimented for saying grace before a meal at a fast-food restaurant. I’ve been almost congratulated for wearing t-shirts with Christian messages on them. And I simply wonder, why? Don’t get me wrong, in an age that is VERY post-Christendom, meaning Christianity is definitely no longer the norm, I think it is nice to encourage fellow Christians when they practice their faith in public, especially if they might be facing some type of gripe about it, especially teens and students who practice their faith publicly at school. I also totally don’t mind it when people might notice a Bible out and ask a question about faith. (There’s a difference here though. A person wrestling with an issue of faith and through conversation figuring out I’m a pastor and asking my opinion is one thing. A person who is already a part of a church and asks me about my view on Revelation in order to see if they agree with me and try to prove me wrong if they don’t is something completely different.) But when I’m sitting there, minding my own business, just reading some scripture… it just rubbed me the wrong way. Like, “cool we’re part of the club too!”
PS- In reflecting on this experience from way earlier this year, it did actually open up a conversation with an individual who overheard us and who since has felt open to share with me about their divorce and their concern of its effects on their children. Just more proof that God’s grace is always working, even and especially in spite of our corniness as Christians!