Thats terrible. It still always shocks me when unchristian things happen at church or where christians are gathering cos you dont expect it. Not just when you are new but even after several years you think how can this be going on with elders? Dont they know better?He made some derogatory falsehoods about my employer. His demeanor was, at the very least, unfriendly. This was at an off-site social gathering for that particular Sunday school class. I was new to the church and this was my first social gathering. I've experienced this sort of thing many times over the years. As a young Christian, I didn't know how to handle it because it always caught me by surprise. Experience has taught me how to handle it. I didn't respond in kind, that would be sinful, but there's nothing that says I have to stick around.
If its just random people being snide I think well just keep away from them and pray for them. They are bitter about something. They dont need to take it out on you but you just happen to be there.