Telling everyday people that I am a Christian—much less a pastor—ranks as one of the top ten worst things to say at a party. It is a conversation stopper. I might as well say I do animal testing for a cosmetic company.
I understand why the conversation shuts down. I was briefly a Catholic altar boy who did not meet Jesus until I was a nineteen-year-old college student. I once had a long list of my own problems with Christianity, and I would have felt uncomfortable discussing them with a pastor. So, I am not surprised that non-Christians who do speak up often pull their punches in an effort to be polite in person. While I appreciate that consideration, I would prefer to get their thoughts about Christianity unedited.