I'm noticing that if one is pursuing a career in ministry, it is extremely easy to jump into a spiritual conversation. Just tell them what you do for a living! I told a student of mine that I was not returning next year because I am leaving to become a missionary to France.
Conner: You're going to France to shove Christianity down their throats?
Me: Did you feel like I was pushing Christianity on you while I was your teacher?
Conner: No, you gave us both sides and allowed us to decide for ourselves.
Me: I am simply giving the people of France a message. They have the choice to reject or accept what I tell them.
Conner: I respect that. I'm not a Christian, but I don't have a problem with people believing in something. Me personally, I don't need religion.
Me: Are you sure about that?
(I walked him through the Ten Commandments to show him his need.)
Conner: I never looked at it quite like that before. It's nice to talk to someone who actually knows what they are talking about. I like what you said about Jesus, but I'm still going to continue to be good to others and live my life.
Me: That's your choice. I'm not pushing anything. I will say that you are risking your life. If you do not repent and trust in Him, your punishment will be eternity in Hell.
Conner: Hell is unreasonable.
Me: If I lied to my child, that chances of something happening are slim. If I lie to my wife, I will end up on the couch. If I lie to a police officer, I risk going to jail. Do you see where I am going? The punishment increased based on who the offense is against. You have violated the laws of your Creator and one day you will face him. If your trust is in Jesus, you will be saved.
Conner indicated that he would think about what we talked about. I believe that he understood towards the end of our conversation that I wasn't shoving Christianity down anyone's throat. I'm just spreading the word.