When it became clear to me a couple months ago that after almost 14 years in pastoral ministry God’s next move was to set me up as a tobacconist in the local cigar shop, I was a little surprised. It was not what I expected to happen. However, it is very clear that this is where God wants me for now and He is clearly using me there. It is not at all uncommon for me to be approached and asked about my faith. Here are some of the questions I remember being asked off the top of my head:
What does it mean to take God’s name in vain?
What were the sacrifices in the Bible about? Why is it okay to kill animals but not people?
What do you think about people celebrating Fidel Castro’s death? Can a Christian do that?
What happened to all the people who died before Christ?
Will you bless my house?
What does it mean to speak in tongues?
Are demons real?
Does the Bible talk about what is going on today in the world?
What does God think about cursing?
What happens to Muslims when they die?
As a Christian, what do you think about the big bang?
What is really interesting to me as I have been thinking about this is that I did not start any of these conversations. They all came out of the blue. I take it as a great compliment that people have felt comfortable enough around me to ask questions like these. My hope and pray is , if you are a Christian too, that the people you work and live with know that and that your example is such that it invites people to engage you in conversation so that they can hear the reason for the hope that you have with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).