Monday, September 14, 2009

Day 257- Carpet Cleaner

Have you ever been scammed into thinking that you were going to get your carpet cleaned for free but instead had to sit and listen to a two hour presentation over Kirby vacuums? That happened to me today. After our lovely salesman, Kevin, had finished with his presentation, he asked me if I was a minister. I asked why he would ask such a question and he pointed to the many crosses on my living room wall. I thought maybe he had been in my back yard and recognized the altar where I sacrifice chickens. According to Kevin, he was recently kicked out of his church for being out at a bar at 2 am. He was the lead guitarist in the worship band at church, and was disgusted that the church would be so judgmental. I told Kevin that maybe his church was holding him to a higher standard because he was in a position of leadership. He told me that his lifestyle of hanging out at bars does not conflict with his conscience, nor does excessive intake of alcohol. He was recently arrested for DWI. I asked Kevin if he was born again and he gave me an emphatic, "Yes!" I then asked, "Kevin, a verse comes to mind and I want you to interpret it for me. James 4:4 says that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. What does that mean to you?" He responded, "I don't know. You tell me." I told Kevin that he either loves the world or God and that no man can serve two masters. He then proceeded to share more information that revealed the true heart of the matter. Kevin did not hold to an inerrant view of Scripture. He told me about how his relationship with God is determined by his feelings and ways that he seems right. Once I realized the true issue, I stressed to Kevin the importance of going to God's Word and believing it as it truly is, the Word of God. We talked for several more minutes and we ended with a friendly handshake and an invitation to my church. When I handed him the invitation I said, "Here, I give these to a lot of people but I rarely see them in church. Just take it and know that you are always welcome."

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