I saw an interview recently with a hardcore agnostic. Let’s call him ‘Bill’ for anonymity sake, and because I can’t remember his name. He couldn’t go far enough to say that God wasn’t real, but he didn’t think that God cared about him; and he was fine with that.
The interviewer asked a lot of questions about faith and Jesus, and to be honest, Bill had some very deep responses. You could tell that he had thought about these questions that were being asked. Then the interviewer asked “What do you think about Christians.”
Bill’s answer was a pretty familiar response to that type of question. He went on and on about the hypocrisy of “Christians”, how they were the ones that cheat, lie, steal, and more and then try to hide behind God. He didn’t hold back.
But then he paused.
He started talking about a lady he knew when he was young. She invited his family to church, but they always declined. She would always stop over to their house just to see how they were doing. She would bring meals and treats. She cared about him. Bill was almost fighting tears back when he said, “She’s the only real Christian I knew”.
The statement hit me. Sometimes I feel inadequate as a Christian because I don’t read the bible as much as I should or I don’t think I pray long enough. But that’s not what being a Christian means. Yes, prayer and scripture reading is important but there is more to being a Christian.
In the book of John it says this:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love on another” – John 13: 34-35
Jesus commands us to love one another. He doesn’t command us to read the bible, he doesn’t command us to spend at least an hour in prayer everyday; he commands us to love.
But it’s so hard to love everyone. Some people seem crazy and are weird. Jesus hung out with some pretty “weird” people, so unfortunately you have no argument. There are no stipulations for whom you are supposed to love. Everyone needs to experience God’s love
So who do you love?