I’m sitting in Atlanta Bread Company when, behind me, I hear someone sneeze, and immediately (twice, for good measure), the obligatory, “God bless you!”
What is it about sneezing that makes people talk so freely about God? I don’t get it. I didn’t grow up in a home where we reflexively said, “God bless you” when someone sneezed, and I’ve always thought it was the strangest of things to do at a time when someone was spewing snot all over the place. I mean, that seems at least to be on the borderline of taking the Lord’s name in vain, doesn’t it? I grant that it’s meant well, but I seriously doubt that people are really considering the majesty and glory of the Lord when invoking this “blessing”.
But here’s a thought: are there implications for evangelism to be found in this everyday event? I mean, “sneeze for Jesus”, just to get a stranger to say, “God bless you”, and then launch into an exposition of the gospel?