Many people subscribe to the idea that one should never discuss religion over dinner. These people think it may result in heated debate and someone will get offended, especially if those eating with you are not Christians. They may be right. Still, I cannot help but wonder what Jesus talked about over meals.
Let’s not overlook the fact that Jesus told people that the Son of man had “come to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10 KJV).” A similar statement can be found in Mark 2. The scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus’ disciples (verse 16) why he was dining with sinners. After all, the scribes and Pharisees viewed sinners as unclean. However, Jesus tells those questioning him that the sick are in need of a doctor, not the healthy (Mark 2:17). It is at that point that Jesus says that He came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
We can only assume that, for some of these people, encounters like these were the only experiences they had with the Lord. Do you think he was asking them about work, sports and their favorite stories? No. Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted around 3.5 years. He used that relatively short amount of time to tell people about God, how sin separates us from God and how repentance plus faith in Jesus was the only way to salvation. We also know that Jesus told Nicodemus that people must be born again (John 3) and how they should “marvel not” at such a statement. Meanwhile, Jesus had been telling people to repent since his temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:17).
Based on these things, I believe it is okay to share your faith with people over meals, dinners or otherwise. It may be the only encounters those people have with you. It could also be their last meal with you before leaving this earth, and you have no idea whether they are saved.
It should go without saying, but you do want to be cautious about how to give people the gospel. Do not tiptoe around it, but remember that you too were once lost in sin. I remember feeling offended when someone told me I was lost and needed Jesus, but that person was kind about it and told me why he said as much. If you need an idea on how to share your faith, how about telling them how you came to Christ? If there is a food item available that you know something about from the Bible, use that as an ice-breaker. Do something, but break bread and share your faith.