What Does It Mean to be a Christian?
Joe’s Perspective: A recent story has been making its way around Facebook. I found at interesting and thought it was blog-worthy. So, whether you are a Christian or if you call yourself a person of character, I hope this story causes you to reflect on the person you are and the person you want to be.
The Story: Recently, a man dressed up as a homeless person and visited a large church 40 minutes before the Sunday morning church service began. He walked around the church, warmly greeted people that morning and asked several for spare change. Only three people said hello to him and no one volunteered to give him change. The typical response was blank stares and uncomfortable glances to the floor. Several ushers escorted him to the back of the church, which is where he watched the beginning of the service.
The Twist: That morning was an exciting one for the congregation as they were going to be introduced to their new pastor. When one of the elders of the church began to introduce the new pastor, the congregation erupted with applause. When the homeless man got up and began walking to the alter, however, the church grew strangely silent.
When he took the microphone, Pastor Jeremiah began to quote from the bible, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
The Lesson: The new pastor then relayed his experiences from earlier that morning and told them how he was treated. He concluded by saying, ‘Today I see a gathering of people……not the church of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is more than something you claim to be. It’s something you live by and share with others.” He then dismissed the congregation, presumably with their first lesson.
Your Turn: What is your reaction to this story? Are there any lessons that you can apply to your own life? Will it impact how you treat others at school or in your everyday life?