My wife and I are just coming off an awesome weekend visiting with Pastor Sam Masteller in a crazy cool church in the middle of no where.
If you are ever in Gap PA not Gap in the Mall you need to check out this church especially the kids ministry area that was designed by a member from Sight & Sound. It looks and feels like Noah's Ark, minus the motion sickness, which is a good thing, oh yeah, and the animal smell. (Ever been to the ape house at the zoo...woah.)
It's one thing for a church to say they love kids, its another thing for them to show they love kids.
It's a blessing as we embark on this journey of church planting to have good people and churches to connect with and learn from. We definitely learned alot this weekend from Sam and the fam, sorry I like to rhyme sometimes, opps I did it again. (um, the Britney Spears reference unintended.)
On our travels back to Camp Hill, we had to stop for a pick me up at our favorite travel spot, Starbucks. (Like you didn't know that already)
Interesting thing happened in the drive thru.
The Barista (btw if you're a guy does that make you a baristo...baristabro, anyways) he asked us a simple question as we waited for our holiday lattes...
"What brings you into town today?"
With that being said we could've said a couple of things like "We are on our way home" or "Oh just passing thru" or how about, "We love the Amish countryside."
It was not the full reason of why especially the last one, but a reason to avoid an awkward exchange of informing this "Baristainator (yeah, that didn't work) that we are... gulp...pause...Christians.
Because lets be honest it is awkward to admit you are a Christian.
So, I went for it, I said it.
"Yeah, man, we are just coming back from church."
Time slowed as I expected some half-hearted smile, or snicker, or giggle (do barista's giggle.)
He didn't do any of those things.
He shared that he was in the Navy.
He shared that he just proposed to the love of his life.
He shared that he was afraid to tell her family of their decision to tie the knot.
He opened up.
I found out his name was Josh and told him I would keep him and his family in prayer, and he asked for our names too. He thought my wife said her name was Marista, thats kinda funny, makes me think of another Barista name...Manista. (ok this is turning into a bad parady of a Seinfield episode.)
In the time of getting our drinks we had as the old-timers say, a "Divine Appointment," or as the Emmergents would say, "We felt a vibe."
However you would define it we had a God Moment.
As we drove away my wife said, "people just open up to you don't they...?"
I laughed and then I tried to say something clever, but probably corny.
We are not the only ones out there who find it challenging to show our hand and throw down the C-card. Actually its only 23% of Christians who share their faith with unchristians in a 12 month span. That is not good.
I believe there are a lot of balanced Christians who love people with no agenda; who are not trying to sell (or buy) some funky prayer cross after 12am. (Que epic music)
There are Christians who are starting to understand that it is not about a glitzy gospel.
Let's be a generation of Christians who start the conversation.
Let's be a generation of Christians who will not shy away from those "God Moments."
Lets raise the 23%.