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Am I Setting Myself Up?

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A little background and then a question.
About a month ago, I reconnected with an old friend of mine from high school and he had been through some tough times.  I won’t go into details but he had asked me about my faith because he remembered that I used to go to church and stuff like that (I was still very traditional church of Christ at that time) and was interested to see if I was still following Christ.  He was surprised at the changes I had made and made a few of the same ones himself which led us to further discussion into the wee hours of the night.
I don’t want to relay that conversation, but I guess I made him think; which is good.  Last night, though, I ran into him again and he said something really interesting (and I quote): “me and my brother and one of his friends want to get together for some intelligent conversation.  Will you come?”
I agreed to this but now I am sort of afraid.  Why would he want to bring more people into this?  He seemed pretty supportive of what I was saying.  Will the other two be as supportive? Am I there to try to convince them?  Are they going to try to ambush me with questions?  Could I answer them if they did?  Do they genuinely seek information about their Spiritual lives?  Are they trying to challenge my belief in God? Why should they care what I think?  Do they care what I think?    Am I in over my head?
I don’t really have anything prepared so I’m just going to have to go off the cuff.  Anything they want to know and I just have to give the best possible answer.  None of these people go to church, none would call themselves Christians, most of them (they may bring others) don’t believe in God at all.  All are college educated, informed, intellectual people.  Am I ready?
Am I Setting Myself Up?
A little background and then a question.
About a month ago, I reconnected with an old friend of mine from high school and he had been through some tough times.  I won’t go into details but he had asked me about my faith because he remembered that I used to go to church and stuff like that (I was still very traditional church of Christ at that time) and was interested to see if I was still following Christ.  He was surprised at the changes I had made and made a few of the same ones himself which led us to further discussion into the wee hours of the night.
I don’t want to relay that conversation, but I guess I made him think; which is good.  Last night, though, I ran into him again and he said something really interesting (and I quote): “me and my brother and one of his friends want to get together for some intelligent conversation.  Will you come?”
I agreed to this but now I am sort of afraid.  Why would he want to bring more people into this?  He seemed pretty supportive of what I was saying.  Will the other two be as supportive? Am I there to try to convince them?  Are they going to try to ambush me with questions?  Could I answer them if they did?  Do they genuinely seek information about their Spiritual lives?  Are they trying to challenge my belief in God? Why should they care what I think?  Do they care what I think?    Am I in over my head?
I don’t really have anything prepared so I’m just going to have to go off the cuff.  Anything they want to know and I just have to give the best possible answer.  None of these people go to church, none would call themselves Christians, most of them (they may bring others) don’t believe in God at all.  All are college educated, informed, intellectual people.  Am I ready?
Am I Setting Myself Up?
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Written by freeinchrist

June 18, 2009 at 8:00 am

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