Yes, there can be some ambiguity regarding the impetus for a good deed. And if we look, we can even see apparently good things done by athiests (and sometimes the Lord even uses such for His purposes), but that is not the issue. Our Lord advises us to do good things in secret, meaning that our minds are not so much in someone else seeing how Christian we are as it is on our being faithful before the Lord.Random acts of kindness can simply be seen as random acts of kindness. How do we show the world the holy spirit gifted unto us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ? What makes us distinctively different as children of God? The answers to these questions is what we should to be reflecting upon the mirror of life, as to be a light for others in the darkness.
That's funny, as many of the gas stations here are owned by people from India too. Usually, after around 9pm, gas stations lock their doors and you have to deal with them through a bullet proof security window. Even stations that sell stuff work that way. You tell them you want a Coke and they will get it, You slide your money, or ATM card, through a small metal drawer. They do the transactions and slide your change and Coke back through the same metal drawer.I dont know about gas stations as many of them are self service they dont even bother to help you anymore. Many gas stations are owned by indians in my country as are dairies and they would be hindu (although now there are many indian christians) so I think the ones that offer to fill up your car are christians as many actually dont do that.
At restaurants you can tell if the management is christian they might have a blessing on the wall. I have frequented a few christian cafes and resturants and I do feel I have better meals there because of their hospitality that makes a difference.
Although having said that the food might not be great. There was one christian cafe well its family owned by some people I know at church and while service is with a smile it could do better in terms of value for money and what they offer. But then Im a bit fussy with food. However you are paying for it so the thing is if you cant afford to eat out all the time you might go somehwhere cheaper that isnt christian.
You can always go to church that offers free meals though.
Excellent point!!!How about your neighbor or your fellow workers or if you go to the same gas station or restaurant, does the person see you are a Christian? What would they say?
Our church have these "invite card" that we have in our possession. They include the location of every church and service times. We hand them out, when someone is interested in attending.Excellent point!!!
Speaking for me only, everyone who knows me knows I am a Christian. I am "loud", and "unashamed" of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We live in a relatively small town now for the past 40 years and wherever I go in town the people who see me call out......Hey Preacher!
Now, everyone who knows me does not necessarily mean that they love me. However, they all show respect for me because they know from past experiences that I always brag on Jesus and stand for what the Word of God teaches.
My wife and I were in Waynesville NC about 20 years ago walking down the main street looking at the shops. All of a sudden I heard someone yell out.....
"HEY PREACHER"! I knew it could not be me because we did not know anyone there. Then They did it again. We looked around and sure enough, one of the deacons from another church in Deland Fl. was at the stop light and he was the one calling out to me.
Even when I go to a different restaurant, I always ask the waiter/waitress if they go to church. That is always a good lead opening question. If they say NO, I immediately invite them to my church. If they say YES, I will bless them and encourage them to have a good day.
If they show any interest I give them my card and ask them to call me anytime. I do that because I do not want to get them into trouble with their boss for not waiting on other tables and talking to me instead.
Gas station are different. We pay for gas with a debit card so we never see anyone at the station.
My wife is just the opposite and she is always kicking me under the table and telling me to leave the waiter alone. That is one of the reasons I had to have both knees replace.