Wednesday, August 31, 2011
What would you do?
A single friend of ours was asked out for a dinner date by a neighbor. This is someone she doesn't really know very well; she has no idea if he is a Christian or not. No references, no profile, no common friends, no experience working with him. So when he asked her out, she wasn't quite sure what to say. Does she bluntly ask him if he is a follower of Christ? Does she agree to go out with him and share about her faith over dinner?
This is a common occurrence that many singles run into - at the ballpark, the pool, the grocery store, maybe even at church. After all, sitting in church doesn't make you a Christian, just like sitting in a garage doesn't make you a car, as Joyce Meyer says.
Our friend agreed to go out on a date. In thinking what our experts would suggest, perhaps a coffee date or walk would be more appropriate, giving them a chance to get to know some basics on each other before committing to a "real" date that involves more expense, time, and possible angst.
I know what Cloud and Townsend would say, and I think I know what Joshua Harris would recommend, but what do you do in similar circumstances?