Sharing the Gospel of Jesus in a bar. yeah. a bar (pt5)

by Craig on July 13, 2012

This is how you end up sharing the gosel of Jesus in a bar. source

So…it began with six guys chatting crazy sex talk in a bar while their dates were in the bathroom.

Boys, Christian or not, will be boys.

These boys weren’t Christian.

Their little boy chat was easy to ignore…

until…

they invoked the name of God in their teenage-y sex chat.

I couldn’t resist speaking up.

This little “sharing the gospel of in a bar” series began here, each post is short and breezy, and unique. And be warned  ¯\(°_o)/¯ the early conversation is not a place for the timid.

There was an alpha dog to this group.
He was a pseudo-intellectual atheist.

I use the word “pseudo” because there are plenty of atheistic intellectual giants to be had in this world. But for those less than giant…well, let’s say we men like to pretend we know all the answers. We like to impress our friends. I know this. I’m a man.

Chris, I think, thought he knew more than he did because…

to be honest…
we Christians…
we don’t defend our faith well.

He had debated and won with many.

His last statement…

“So Adam ate the apple and Jesus saved us all. What a nice guy.”

…that was asked and answered in the last post.

This is from the ceiling of a Church in Istanbul, once called Constantinople, once the center of Christianity. It is Jesus pulling Adam and Eve from their graves.

source

Now…

I’ve got to tell you, although all the boys had a date…
there was one woman without one. She exited the bathroom first.

She sauntered up…
brown hair bouncing…
little red summer dress…
four inch stilettos…

not that I noticed.

“A religion lesson?” she said with a flip of her hair and index finger resting on her lips.

The boys all jumped at her words.

“Wanna join in?” asked Chris, so eager to please.

As all six scrambled to get her a stool, she said, with a nod in my direction, and a little more than a lingering glance, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

One of the boys, in an attempt to gain favor joked, “Let’s all pray!”

He was shot down with a squint and a glare from Arianne.
Oh…I forgot to tell you…that’s her name, Ari for short.

And with everyone settled, and the other girls filtering back in, Chris, the head atheist, again took the lead.

“And then there’s this.” he began, hoisting a beer mug toward me,

and it was here that I shared the Gospel of Jesus. yeah. here.source

“God supposedly creates a universe but is scared of a !@#$% iron chariot. I love that book. Why do atheists know religious books better than religious people?”

The “book” was the Bible.
The biblical statement, obviously inaccurate.
His accusation? Sadly, that was a little bit true.

Except…

Not. Today.

And that seems like a good point to begin next time. No?

There is more, please come back.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

A. July 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I, for one, think you need to write longer posts between cliff-hangers. :)

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Craig July 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

These little ones take 3+ hours a piece – just sayin’ ツ

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A. July 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

You know I appreciate the time you put into these posts. I just get so eager to get to read more before we are put on hold for a day or two. :) My impatience, or eagerness to keep reading more is the trubl. :) it’s all cuz the posts are so shiny!

Still praying for your climb out of the hole.

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Craig July 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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Martha Orlando July 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I’m always so excited when your posts pop up in my inbox, Craig! Loved this installment and can’t wait for the next one.
Blessings to you, my friend!

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Craig July 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Martha, although I don’t feel like it, although I don’t feel like doing anything but going back to the “there and nowhere.” – I’m back to writing one post today – alternating between here and Deep into Love – with one day off, that’s six posts per week – and I’m back to replying to comments – and I’m back to reading blogs I heart – and I don’t want to do one bit of it. I still want to hide, I still want to curl up in a ball, I still want to close the drapes, I still want to do absolutely nothing but disappear – the battle isn’t over – but enough whining and complaining about it – it is what it is – you move forward regardless – and I know where the light is that shines the way out, no matter how long it takes. God bless and keep you Martha, and thank you for being here through this.

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Martha Orlando July 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thank you, Craig, for the detailed update. This allows me to pray more specifically for you. God bless you!

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Craig July 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Martha – if I write about the struggle now it’s all on Deep into Love – time to get back to scripture here – Love is where most of “life” ends up. God bless my friend. I’m trapped in this and I need to follow God out.

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Debbie July 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I loved this part . .except Not Today. :) It reminds me of the “But God”‘s of the Bible! So thankful you were there that day, appointed, anointed, answering questions! God bless you as you keep going, one moment at a time. He is with you.

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Craig July 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The very first comment I received on this series of posts was a good Christian sister warning me that I shouldn’t be in bars at all. It was her first comment. I don’t frequent bars – I was there to watch a baseball game. I couldn’t watch at home – I don’t have a television set. The conversation just found me no matter how hard I tried to run away from it. It was good for me to exercise this “down the rabbit hole” brain and spirit. I have never had a struggle like this in my life Debbie, it truly is one step at a time, and it doesn’t matter how I feel, because I don’t want to try, I don’t want to write, I want to go back to the “there and nowhere.”. I know it isn’t real, I know it never was, but my heart wants to fly back into the nothingness – but that doesn’t matter – I need to trudge on forward – no more complaining – no more griping – no more whining – it is what it is – time to be brave – time to move, like it or not. God bless you my friend, and thank you – as always, thank you, my now long time friend.

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Katie July 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

Playing catch up after a week of working overnights. My sleep schedule has not gone back to normal yet. I am up and it is 4am. I know this is NOTHING compared to what you deal with, but oh my am I exhausted, but I can’t sleep. I have been back on working days now for 3 days and it is not easy switching back and forth.

I am so interested in this conversation you had in the bar. I went back and got caught up. Thank you Craig for sharing it with us. Thank you for continuing to write and encourage us, even with all you are going through.

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Craig July 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Oh Katie, few things mess with sleep like overnight working. Get some sunshine!!!!! that helps. thank you for being here – for me it’s still a step at a time. you being here encourages me – thank you my friend. God bless!!!

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