When I was young, I thought Christians were a bunch of kooks. Some of them didn’t smoke, dance, or drink. Some women didn’t wear makeup or pants; only dresses and skirts. Some didn’t attend movies. They always spoke about God as if they knew him personally, like knowing the next-door neighbor. I didn’t really believe in God back then. How could God exist with all the evil in the world? I really didn’t care what Christians believed. I certainly wouldn’t slap a lawsuit on them or harass them like some people do.
Then I went on vacation to Durango, Colorado to ride the Durango-Silverton train. A Christian woman witnessed to me going up the mountain and going down the mountain. She looked pretty normal to me. She wore pants and makeup; she smiled a lot. She came from Texas and was on her honeymoon. When I came home, I found a Power for Living Book in my mailbox. I said the Sinner’s Prayer and threw the book in a drawer. Then my life changed dramatically.
The favor of God came on me for two months: everything I did was blessed! Money poured in from various sources. I always got the closest parking spaces. I went on vacations. I got a job offer at a big company. It was blessing after blessing after blessing. I didn’t know what had happened, but I knew it had to do with that prayer. And when I read the Bible, it finally made sense.
Today, you hear Christians complaining about being persecuted in America. This is really quite silly when you compare it to other countries. Yes, some people try to get Scripture removed from public buildings, but that’s only because Scripture is so convicting. Yes, some dislike us for supporting traditional marriage, and some hate when we offer public prayers.
Too bad….The good news? Whenever the Church is persecuted, it always grows! The Roman emperors tried to wipe out Christianity, and then ended up being converted. Hitler took over churches to preach socialist dogma, and we know what happened to him. Communism put locks on churches and sent the priests to gulags while China tries to suppress its Christian community, but there’s a huge, thriving, underground church. Finally, certain countries in the Middle East arrest Christians for evangelizing, carrying a Bible, or sending out Christmas cards. How do I know? I talk to missionaries.
Still, America is a Christian country. If we weren’t, do you think we’d tolerate other faiths? So yes, we irritate some people. Others want to silence us in the name of “tolerance,” but we must stand up for what we believe in, knowing people aren’t out enemies. Some of us might get fired or be forced to resign. Don’t worry. God will provide a better job. Some of us might get fined, and some of us might get slapped with lawsuits, but they aren’t feeding us to the lions yet! So don’t back down from your heartfelt beliefs. Love people. Do what you know is right. And let God defend you.
Yes, Christians are a bunch of kooks, and I’m glad I’m kooky.