[quote=John_Henry]Over the years, I have developed a horrible habit of trying to avoid conversations about religion with people I know are a-religious. I never bring up my faith. On nights I go to bible study, if they ask where I am going, I skirt the issue by saying that I am getting together with friends. When the pope comes up during lunch with co-workers, I remain silent (as they bash him). I used to not worry too much about it, but my conscience is increasingly plagued by it. When I confessed it last time, I confessed to avoiding being openly identified with Christ and his Church.
I pray constantly about it, but keep falling back into it. I would welcome any comments on the gravity of this, as well as practical means to help break the habit.
Dont look at them as a potential threat because they can not hurt you. Just be all things to all people. You dont need to jump up on the lunch room table and proclaim the gospel. Just say something along the lines of the conversation at hand to start.
For example if they start talking about Christians being holy rolers or bible thumping idiots just say I’m a catholic but you dont see me preaching to you do ya? Connect with them on there level and show them that you are not judging them for there current opinion.
If they say every manor atheistic abomination possible just laugh and say hey I guess we will all find out in the end . Christian bashers are often like children feeding off of each others sillyness. It makes them feel powerful to slander God. If you except them they will except you.
I have had some people say some incredible nasty things to me about Jesus. The less I react the more they listen, the key is just not preaching. If a person doesnt wish to be reached they wont be so dont try and fix them just leave that to the Holy Spirit. You may be surprised at how possible it is to be a Christian and still be cool with people at work. Dont feel threatened by them when the real power is with you.