One or two days ago I was struck with the curious thought of why unbelievers in the past have often apologized for cussing around me. I sat and contemplated the possible reasons why that might happen. Is it merely a matter of respect? Are they just concerned that a Christian might be overly sensitive to vulgarities or is it something more? Maybe they feel convicted around us. Is it a visceral response to a person whom they perceive spiritually to be a representative of God? I thought it might be a little bit of both. While it had been some months since this last happened I thought I might considered how I should respond to an apology should it ever happen again.
Flip the calendar forward to today. This afternoon I stopped to speak with a coworker about some work related issues and during the course of the conversation he let a 4-letter word fly. Guess what he immediately did next? He apologized.
In a split second I determined that God was in this encounter. God had brought the very scenario that I was immediately involved in into my heart just days before. Realizing that the Holy Spirit had orchestrated this conversation gave me great boldness to witness.
So I immediately went into my line of questioning. It was a very short line as I only needed to ask one.
"Why did you just apologize?"
"Cause some religious people get offended by cussing."
"Funny it really doesn't offend me too much."
"None of it?"
"Well, yes actually. I do not like it when people blaspheme God?"
"What is blaspheming?"
"When you use God's name as a cuss-word. Have you ever done that? Said, 'Jesus Christ' or 'G. D.?'"
"Yeah but not too often. I sometimes say Jesus Christ when I hurt myself."
"Have you ever considered what you are doing when you do that?"
And that was the transitional point in the conversation.
We spoke for about 10 minutes from that point on about the Law and the Gospel. I could truly see the conviction of his sin and the fear of judgement upon him. He became fidgety and he tried to dodge the topic a few times but we were able to keep the conversation on point. It went very well and I am overjoyed that I was afforded the opportunity to share the Gospel with him while at work.
Witnessing on the job is almost as hard as witnessing to a family member.
Please pray for Scott.