let’s have a beer (really?)

Today, I had the opportunity to witness (that sounds bad, because we truly have EVERY opportunity, EVERY day to witness).

However, I wanted to relate this story because I think it may encourage some of you. And might help me improve my witness.

Today, I’m escorting a visitor from France (we’ll call him “Mr. French”). Another American here (we’ll call him Corey) joining me in meetings today asked Mr. French to dinner, and said, “let’s have a beer – I know all the good beer joints in town.” Mr. French seemed interested, commented positively, and then looked at me as if to say “will you be joining us?”

I politely replied that “I’ll be at church tonight, you’re welcome to join me” and then jokingly I added “I know all the good places to pray in town.” Obviously, this was met with some hesitation and quick reflection on their part.

While it may not have been the most appropriate comment from me, it also spurred further comments from them.

Mr. French replied “My god is always with me” while Corey said “my god doesn’t take attendance.”

Right now, I’m sitting here trying to figure out what God might have me to say next. I’ll be with each of these colleagues for the next 10 work hours. We’ll see where God takes this….

What do you think? Was this a good witness? Did it cause them to stop and think, or did it turn them away from God?

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