“…how could I [understand] unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:31)
A man (or woman) sitting next to you on the train has watched you read the Bible for a half hour.
“I think I’d like to consider being a Christian–a real one,” he¹ offers. “I’d like to get a Bible, read it, and learn about this Jesus person. And the last thing I want is to be fooled or think the Bible is lying to me.”
“And you’re asking me?” you² interrupt.
[For more use the DOOR.]
“…because you’re safe. I’m getting off at the next stop in 7 minutes, and I’ll probably never see you again. But then I’ve never seen anyone read the Bible openly, and with the interest you seem to have. To be honest, I need some help. I can read and think. Will you help me?“
You have your doubts, of course. But he seems sincere. Maybe he’s a student of some kind. “OK,” you offer softly.
He replies: “Could you suggest a Bible and maybe 2 books³–no more–that I can easily carry with me in my bag? How should I think about God? But don’t push me to go to church. I’ve seen a lot of church people. I’m hardly ready for that.”¹
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If you’re a Christian, how would you respond to this? Is there anything meaningful you could, or would, say?³ (Consider Mt. 28:19-20 and I Pet. 3:15-17.*) I would like to hear what you have to say. In a future post I will share 2 experiences that colleagues have told me about.
¹ Or she.
² We’re assuming “you” are a Christian here… By the way, this is an example of the dreadful 2nd person POV that is rarely used in narrative writing. See the 5th type of POV in the post “Prodigal POV” posted on Oct.4. (But don’t let this detract you from the purpose here.)
³ The Bible and/or 2 books can be in ebook format. Consider Joe (or Jill) a legitimate out-of-the-blue contact. We usually feel the need “to learn more,” or “spend more time with” someone in this kind of situation–which can happen. But let’s say it happens this way. If you respond here, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll assume I can quote you and refer to you by a fictitious name.
* Mt. 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” ; I Pet. 3:15-17 “…always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…”