I have Friend A and Friend B. To my knowlege they don't know the Lord. Today, I got to share a little bit with them about faith. Isn't funny how you can ask the Lord for this opportunity, yet it never comes how you hope/think it will?
They started out asking me what a Muslim was. Then a Hindu. Then what the difference was between all the religions (Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc.) I actually got to explain to them that Jesus was God's Son by explaining the basics of Islam (and how they miss the point of it all)... go figure.
Friend A then starts in on the drinking question: "How come Catholics get to drink and have a good time and Baptists don't? I'm just gonna go be a Catholic!"
Friend B (not a believer, mind you) points out the the Bible doesn't say drinking is wrong, but does say getting drunk is.
Friend A then starts in with the hypocrite statements: "My brother doesn't go to church because he says everyone there is a hypocrite and he doesn't want to become one."
Friend B shares that she doesn't think you have to go to church to go to Heaven.
What am I supposed to say to these things? I'm faced with a very difficult problem at this point. On the one hand they know that I'm a believer and they are looking to me for answers.
The problem is they are expecting typical answers. "Drinking is a sin." "To be a Christian you have to go to church." "I go to church and I'm not a hypocrite."
How do I share with these friends that I don't believe having a drink is wrong but getting drunk is; that I don't believe you necessarily have to go to church to be a Christian but if you really are committed you'll want to find community with other believers; that it saddens me how much "church" has become a detriment (excuse?) to the point of it all---Jesus.
What do I say to typical questions from non-believers looking for typical answers from a believer? And who is setting the standards here? Why are non-believer's image of Christians so twisted? Who gives off this image? Or am I the one that's in the wrong?
How many of you out there feel like sometimes your back is against the wall? You get these questions from non-believers and you have two options:
A.) Spew out the Christian jargon that non-believers have been hearing for years, even though maybe you youself as a Christian don't buy into it anymore.
B.) Answer truthfully, and risk them being confused by answers that go against their warped concept of what a Christian really is.