The Christian Conundrum
I had been chewing on this one ever since I started this virtual ministry. Several years ago, I had a reminder of why I need to write about it. After spending a lovely day with the family and finally wrestling the twins and their brother down to bed, this is the first moment I have had to collect myself.
I was on the phone with an associate and it came up that I was a Christian. The man sighed deeply, and I could tell that the conversation, which was going so well only seconds before, had just taken a nosedive. I politely asked him if I had said something wrong and he replied, “I just hope you’re not one of those Bible-thumping, come-to-Jesus kinds—all talk and no do.” His tone didn’t bother me, nor did his reply surprise me. You see, ever since I started this ministry, I’ve received all sorts of interesting emails that range from the encouraging to the downright profane (I prefer the former over the latter)!
So, when the gentleman on the phone said this, I asked him why he thought all Christians were “all talk and no do?” He gave me several standard media-related examples and a few personal run-ins. The thing that I noticed about the conversation was that beneath all that anger and bluster, was real and palpable pain.
As Christians, it’s easy for us to say that we believe in God, but it’s our actions that scream much louder than our words. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Well done is better than well said.” If our actions are becoming roadblocks for others to find Jesus, then we have made a grave mistake. Unfortunately, we’re all in this same boat.
So, considering this, my homework for all of us this week is to ACT Christian. Rely on the advice of the statesman, Lewis Cass, who said, “People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”
Feel Christian, Think Christian, and, above all, ACT Christian!
COME AND HEAR, ALL YOU WHO FEAR GOD; LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR ME.