Anne and I had a wonderful time in Morocco over the Christmas break. The hotels were excellent and Casablanca didn't disappoint although Humphrey Bogart did not show up and mumble - "Play it again Sam."
RealityBites is all about creative and non-cheesy communication of the Christian faith and I had some fantastic conversations with Muslims, atheists and agnostics about Jesus. The highlight of the holiday was talking to a delightful and charming young Mexican man who was interested in business and claimed to be an agnostic. We got on like a house on fire! I told him about Randy Lewis and George Cadbury and then we talked about Jesus, the kingdom and the resurrection. I went through some of my best routines and we ended up comparing Nietzsche with Jesus. What a wonderful chat we had.
The Mexican asked me if I believed in 'destiny'. I said that I did if, by that, he meant 'divine appointments'. He told me that meeting me was destined to happen and that the conversation had been 'very enriching'. He wanted to stay in contact and he has emailed me to say hello.
His final comment during our one hour chat was intriguing. He told me that he had met many Christians and that they were all rather crazy and loco. In other words they were 'nutters'. He found my form of Christian outreach very different, thoughtful and intelligent.
Isn't it tragic that evangelism is perceived in this light? Tragically many Christians do sound odd and strange as they struggle to talk about their faith. Many sensitive Christian people stop talking about Jesus because it can sound so embarrassing and cringeworthy.
Please pray for RealityBites this year. We are struggling to take the yuk and the cheese out of talking about faith. We believe that the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection can be communicated in winsome, intelligent and imaginative ways.