“Sorry, Your Honor. My Client is Guilty Because We Ruined the Witness…” (Part 3)

Yesterday, my buddy Justin left the following comment on what his church has been doing.  I think they’re right on target:

One of the best things our church plant has done is, for the past two years we have, EVERY sunday night gone to a bar right here in our community.  We go at 10 for open mic and stay till about 1.  It started off being me and Jason (the other pastor) and now its about 15 people every week.  We are always there, they know who we are and what we do, but we have never once asked anyone to come to church or once said anything about Jesus.  We drink a lot and we tip well.  After a year of doing this, people started asking us about the church all the time and now we have people coming to church to find Jesus not because we asked them, but because they saw us being who we are in Christ in the real world.  It’s a good thing if you can do it.   It’s not for everyone certainly, and you can’t do it as a “project” or to create some sort of fake relationships or environment.  You just have to go, and be. And drinking is definitely not a must, but it is something where people see you in the light of Christianity and it makes them rethink what they thought about Christians.

These are simply Christians going into a dark place and being light.  It took time, but they built relationships with people there, which lead to opportunities to verbalize faith and have people come check out another aspect of their church community.  They didn’t ruin their witness.  In fact, they have enhanced it by, as Justin said, “being Christ in the real world.”

What do you think?


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3 Responses to “Sorry, Your Honor. My Client is Guilty Because We Ruined the Witness…” (Part 3)

  1. Richard says:

    Well, I know what you guys are trying to do as far as going into a “bar” or “tavern”. I like that approach. I don’t have a problem either with having a beer or two.
    Now in your post you said,”we drink a lot” Do you mean that you drink a lot of beer? If so, (and I must throw this in) getting drunk with them is not the way to win them. I will stop here to see if this is indeed what is taking place or to see if I am off track.

  2. Justin Dunn says:

    well, i have been thinking a bit about how to respond. my gut reaction was to not to, but okay. i do mean drink a lot of beer, we certainly arent drinking soda. i cant remember a time where anyone was drunk….i find it interesting that you equate lots of beer with drunk…i mean, thats completely relative to different people. but in the end, i think you missed the point. even in the way you phrased the question, getting drunk with “them” and trying to win “them”…thats the problem, they are not a them or some project to accomplish. they are people, who we are sharing life with. and i am not trying to win them, Jesus is…and he speaks through us. actually, now that i think about it, there was a night where 4 people in our church lost their jobs, this hurt our church a lot. we went to Habits that sunday night and drank silly…and lamented very loudly through song and cheer about this horrible situation that we as the family of God were going to have to get through. that night, people saw jesus through the church coming together.

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