In which an atheist an agnostic and Christian walk into a bar.

by Craig on June 30, 2012

It sounds funny, but it’s not a joke.

It really happened…

sharing the Gospel of Jesus…

in a bar.

Here’s exactly how the conversation went.
I don’t know why ¯\(°_o)/¯ but I recorded it.

It’s an off color conversation – so be prepared before you read. Ok?

Hang with me on this. It ends in far better territory than it begins.

And I’ll tell you, some of the language had to be “loosely translated”.

The men’s dates were in the restroom when my eavesdropping began.

Tyler: They’ll be in there 30 minutes. What the heck (loosely translated) can you do in 30 minutes?

Chris: Have sex?

Tyler: Sex only takes two minutes, Chris.

Chris: For you maybe.


Ty1er: It’s a sprint not a marathon!

I wasn’t planning on joining the conversation…
but some things just call out to be listened to.


On a side note…

I think we Christians can get too self-righteous, and not admit that sin calls to us like anyone else. I wonder sometimes if maybe the most tempted person in history was Jesus.

Isn’t the thing about faith, that though we are tempted to listen to what we shouldn’t, or look, or touch, or act – our aim is not to sin? But when we do, there is conviction leading to repentance?

Then, on the other hand, people who don’t know God often aim directly at sin – neither calling it such, nor feeling any conviction?

Anyway, back to the boys…

Steve: You know what they’re talking about don’t you?!

Chris: What they always talk about when we aren’t around. You can’t make a baby while a tiger is trying to eat you. The natural evolution of sex is no need for a body. (This one is the pseudo-intellectual of the group, by the way – and the alpha dog)

Mark: Sex evolved?

Chris:  Of course not, didn’t you read the Bible? God created man and woman…and sex. So doesn’t that make God the first pervert ever?

Now I thought of getting involved.


Steve: God’s the number one pervert!

(Laughter, cheers, and high five’s all around)

Chris: And God watched them naked in the garden.

Mark: God! You perv!

(More laughs)

Chris: He got mad when they put clothes on…it all makes sense now.

Mark: So to be close to God…have more sex! Wear less clothes!

And that was it! I tried to resist, really I did. But from the next table over, uninvited, I. Chimed. In.

Me: God created man and woman for better than sex you guys. Humanity fell.
It’s a broken world. Sex isn’t even a close second to what we could have had.

And so…

it begins…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Hillcrest Cottage June 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Wow. And then what happened next?????

Did a lightening bolt strike them all dead for their disrespect? Sometimes I wish God would do that.


Craig July 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

Bev, considering how brazen of it was of me to insert myself into their conversation, I’m probably lucky a fight didn’t ensue. The conversation would unfold – I’d engage with each and every one of them – and they would actually listen to what I had to say. The alpha dog would take the lead – but everybody would get a turn – and the tone of the conversation will be different at the end that it is the beginning. Anyway – I agree with you – it is remarkable that disrespect the people show for God – but what they shown more than disrespect – is just neglect – if they think about God they have to bring those thoughts to the logical conclusion – and many people are not ready to do that. Just my opinion. Anyway – it’s a true story ツ thank you Bev, sorry I’m so late to respond to the comment but I’m not quite all back yet from where I was. God bless you.


Layla Payton July 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

Well, I’m on the edge of my seat!!!


Craig July 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

Layla, my friend, I hope this finds your health survivable, and you’ve settled into your new home, it’s one of the strangest month ever for me. This is actually my first “normal” post in a month. (It’s shy I’m so late to respond) Anyway – so good to see you, the story is a unique one – I almost didn’t put it on here because I was afraid it would be too crude – but I kinda heart where it goes. God bless you Layla.


Layla Payton July 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

My health is survivable, at this point. Still can’t break the migraine, but it’s doable. I’ll take doable. 😉 We are all passing around some yucky bug, but I bet we are all better by the weekend. :)

I’m glad you chose to post this, as I think it’s pretty cool you had the guts to jump in on that conversation. I’m pretty sure I would have just rolled my eyes, or something far less helpful. LOL

Weirdest month ever, huh? I think I have some posts to catch up on…


Martha Orlando July 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

You’ve certainly peaked my interest! And, there’s nothing wrong with talking about Jesus in a bar or any place else for that matter. Didn’t He regularly dine with sinners and keep their company? Didn’t He seek out the lonely, the sick, the hurting, the wretched, and heal them? By spreading His good news to any and all is following His commandment to spread the good news of the Savior to all people.
Wonderful post, Craig! I’ll be waiting with baited breath for the next installment. :)


Craig July 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

sorry that I’m late responding, Martha – I’m not quite all the way back yet – every day is still a fight for the here and now – baby steps – but I’ll chronicle that on Love – here it’s time to stretch out my theological brain. Anyway, I share your thoughts – Jesus preached in the synagogue – but mostly on the streets, and sometimes the parties. This strange month of mine – it’s actually I think what placed me in the bar – it was a sports bar, I was there to watch a game – but still – without this month I probably wouldn’t have been there. Thank you for your kind words as always Martha – I almost didn’t post this because I was afraid it would be too crude. It’s a good story – stay tuned. God bless and keep you my friend.


Katie July 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Great post…. waiting for the rest of it.

God invented sex…. to be better than we can imagine or what we currently have, yes sir.

Intimacy unknown with God, is better than sex. =)


Craig July 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

Katie, since we’re both adults – I can say that I think at its root – no matter how much romance we put around sex – the bottom line is that it’s still a physical act – it’s all chemicals and hormones and physical stuff. There is something magical about the way it binds two people together – but, yes – I think God had a much better way in mind for us – and when we get to where we’re going – will find out what that is. He DOES have such good things in store for us. Thank you for hanging in with me Katie – I’m still fighting really hard – but it’s time to get back to theology over here – I’ll keep writing about that over on on Love – the battle is a way from being over. God bless and keep you my friend – thank you so much.


Debbie July 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

This just made me smile. Just the way it happened, you trying to stay out of the conversation . . .but then you just couldn’t!!! 😀 I love that. God bless you and I’m grateful you were there at that moment, during that conversation.


Craig July 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

and I did try to stay out of their conversations – you have it – I really did – and they just kept pulling. Me. Back in. And the timing – I haven’t been out very much in this last month, what with the insomnia, and the hallucinations, and the psychotic breaks and such – and then, when I’m out innocently trying to watch a baseball game – look what I run into. Oh, this year I named “see”. thank you Debbie, and God bless you.


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