Have you ever had something happen and wish you had said something or reacted quicker moments after it was too late? I think most people have.
That happened to me yesterday. I was sitting in the park by myself because I had a bit of time before I had to be at work. A man started to approach me and I instantly felt uncomfortable, because meeting strangers usually gives me anxiety if I’m unprepared. He was about 15 feet away when he says, “Do you want life? You need to accept the blood of Jesus.”
I looked up at him managed to stammer out, “Um… I already have. I actually have my degree in–”
He cut me off saying, “Don’t take it personal!” While walking away from me quickly.
I wish that I had asked him to stop and come back to have a conversation. I have to admit that I was offended that he immediately assumed I was some sort of a heathen when he had only seen me from a distance. I was also put off by his approach. We could have actually had a conversation that brings life, and maybe we could have learned from each other. Instead he made a snap judgment about me while I allowed him to have it.
All of this makes me think how often we make snap judgments about people. But his snap judgment was more than just that, as he had no information about me to judge. He just saw a stranger and assumed I was “unsaved” and that he was better than me due to this. The more I have had these thoughts though, I realized that I often do the same thing, albeit on a different level. When I make friends from work or meet someone in any place that isn’t some sort of Christian affiliated format, I assume they are not Christian. However, I do not try to “get them saved.” No, I am much worse. I just don’t talk to them about my beliefs unless it comes up in conversation. It doesn’t even occur to me to ask someone what they think about God or life or death or heaven or hell. I just let them be and wait for them to ask a question.
So what’s worse? Assuming someone is a heathen and witnessing to a witness? Or assuming someone doesn’t care and keeping your beliefs to yourself?