I have a friend that’s not a Christian, but she’s very curious about my faith, my beliefs and Christianity. She didn’t grow up in any religion or church and knows very little about the bible. She often asks me questions about Christianity that are very simple, honest and sometimes down right painful. Sometimes her questions are very childlike such as, “Does it bother God when I curse?” and “Why is it wrong for me to hate someone?”
But it was her last question that she asked me that really set me back on my heels. She was totally serious when she asked … “Why is it that the Christians at my work place can be dishonest, sleep with someone in the office that’s not their spouse, ask me to get drunk with them at a party on Saturday … and then invite me to go to church with them on Sunday morning? Something about all that doesn’t seem to be right.”
Honestly, I was floored. Her simple, yet serious question was a slap in the face to the lifestyle of Christianity that Jesus taught and wants me to live. Her question was 100% serious. She wasn’t trying to bash what I believe OR rub my nose in professing Christian’s inconsistencies. She just didn’t understand it and wanted to know. None of it made sense to her … and honestly … none of it makes sense to me either.
I did my best to answer her … but it frustrated me knowing that all my words won’t have NEAR the impact on her that her co-worker’s actions will.
“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”