I’ve likely mentioned her before, but I had a friend in college who I befriended when she was an atheist but 3 years later we got baptized together.
She had a radical encounter with Jesus one night in a dream. However, she didn’t become a Christian for another year. Why you ask? Because of the Christians.
It took her six months to tell a single soul about her meeting with Jesus. Partially because she didn’t want to be viewed as crazy, as partially because she wondered if she was indeed crazy, but mostly because she didn’t want to become a Christian. She certainly wasn’t a Republican, and she certainly didn’t condemn her gay friends, and certainly she didn’t want to be that person on the street corner with a large sign with Bible verses in an old english script.
And when she finally confided in her Christian friends about her experience they fulfilled many of her worst nightmares. They saw an opportunity and went in for the kill. The evangelical conversion kill. They took a slight tug on the fishing line and yanked on it hoping to get a 30 pounder flying into their boat.
So for another six months she wasn’t a Christian.
But… there’s a save to be made!
She could die tomorrow!
But instead, they just let her sit there.
Our agenda, of conversion, is often working against the person we want to convert. They don’t need to convert, they need to sit there. And though we’d love to have that ability to stand before God and say “well I did convert Marissa!” maybe we need to give them some time.
My Christian friends from college every week seemed to hope that it’d be the week she’d finally convert. They’d take her to a concert, to the Easter service, even to a big conference with the hopes it would put her over the edge. But she too just needed to sit there, and maybe with someone nearby not trying to get her to do something.
Do you think we push too hard for people to convert? Do you know someone who just needs to sit there for a while?