…Or, Last Night’s Dinner.
So I received an invitation from someone connected with the campus to attend an evening event called The Millionaire’s Forum. Since I am technically a student in the Business department, I thought it would be a nice way to meet some nice people and have a good dinner. If you inspect the website, you will find it looks like a legitimate non-profit promoting business leaders connecting with students.
I should have sniffed out what the ulterior motive was when the reminder e-mails were coming from a Campus Crusade for Christ leader from another Oklahoma campus. I thought it odd at the time, but maybe he was just one of their volunteers. [There is no CCC chapter at our campus…yet.] The whole evening was a quasi-evangelistic campaign!
Now here is why I wasn’t happy about it: I was wearing a full-hijab style scarf. Yep, did that screw with their expectations! Oh, I am not a Muslim, just wanted to wear a gorgeous gold-toned scarf I found on sale at Wal-Mart and the only way it would look lovely was to drape and pin it like a hijab.
You can just imagine all the staring and uncomfortableness on their part and a tad bit on my side. I decided to keep them guessing. 😀 Through out the evening, between eating and the two guest speakers, we were to ask questions around the table about Faith, Family, Failure and several other catch words I forgot. My answers were vague but honest. But by the end, I couldn’t stand the tension any more, and announced that I was indeed a Christian to my table-mates. They seemed slightly relieved. I think.
When we had closed with a prayer, the leaders of the event asked all the students to gather for a group photo. Guess who got to be in the middle, in front? Yeah, what a catch, a [Not] Muslim girl! Oh my goodness. Sigh.
One of the speakers did come up to me and asked politely if I were a Muslim. When I answered no, he said, “Oh, I wondered! Sometimes students we don’t know too well feel a bit put upon by the whole evening.”
You think!?! I wanted to kick him right there, but restrained my foot from leaving the floor. So, if I am a Christian, and this was a Christian event, why am I so upset? I am upset for others who feel “put upon”. They get lied to about the nature of the event. That isn’t evangelism when you can’t be up front about it!
Which leads to another question: “Why do Christians feel they have to be sneaky with their ‘witness’?”
Do you all have any ideas?
So…the guy who did the emailing and emceed the event will be the new CCC director at our University. Way to Go on the welcome wagon!
[Update: The CCC leader called to follow up last week. I politely but clearly stated my concerns about the Millionaire’s Forum. He received my critique graciously. ]