Four years ago I was living in Minnesota in a small town where the strong majority was Christian. At the time, the nation was in the throws of an upcoming election to see who would become the next President, John McCain or Barak Obama. Tensions were high and everywhere a person went, someone was campaigning for the candidate they supported. In the barber shop, on the front lawns of many home owners, on Facebook, and even in the coffee shop.
Yes, the coffee shop. I was sitting in a Caribou Coffee shop one evening enjoying some coffee and reading a book when a man walked in and quickly sat down at a table with two women. This man was a pastor of a local church and although I did not know him by name, I recognized the man from a couple of ministry alliance meetings I had attended.
Only being a couple of tables away, I could hear the conversation taking place. This pastor was dominating the conversation and it was about the upcoming political election. He was waxing eloquently about the peril America would face if the wrong candidate was elected President. I could tell he was serious by his animated body language.
After about thirty to forty minutes later, this pastor left. After he was gone, one of the ladies look at the other and said, “Is that all your friend can talk about?”
I sat there thinking about the wasted opportunity to talk about God and how these women sense God working in their lives. Instead of talking about what really matters, the conversation was more of the same political stump speech.
Nothing much has changed. There are plenty of wasted opportunities to go around. It makes me wonder… Is Jesus looking upon us and asking himself, “Is that all they can talk about?”