A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
Some of Us Christians are Wackadoos
When someone saves your life, they become a hero. We put ‘em on the evening news.
A lot of us, someone invisible saved our life. We were goin’ down, nothing else helped, God put His own spirit in us because we cried out to Him. And BAM, changed everything. Not instantly, no. But completely. New name, new goal, new purpose, new meaning, new guidelines, new mind.
Saved us. Gold from lead, beauty from ashes. Told us who we REALLY are. Why we were born. Even why the Bad Thing happened. And what He does about it.
So we brag about it.
And annoy others with it too sometimes, hafta admit. Trap you in the elevator, knock on your door. Ask hard stuff like “If you died tonight, do you know if you’d go to Heaven?”
The fireman or lifeguard or kindly neighbor who saved you doesn’t do that. Those heroes saved you from death at a moment. They don’t change your whole life, your very person, your mind, your heart, your very soul. We are grateful to the TV news heroes. But GOD?
That’s a whole ‘nother kind of grateful.
So, to those of you who haven’t needed saving from such dire circumstances, we apologize, us wackadoos who did.
We wish we were better at explaining what it feels like, what it means, to have our very existence have hope and love and meaning. When it didn’t before. To be loved, when we weren’t before. To be a child of a King instead of the beggar in the gutter.
We wish we could pass it to you with the same love and humility in which we received it. Wish we could convey the gratitude without making you squirm. We don’t know what it is like to be like you either. To have all your needs met. To be whole and hearty enough to fight for yourself, get what you want out of life.
Guess you just can’t WANT something you didn’t NEED. Not in quite the same way anyway.
And yes, there ARE counterfeits. People doing bad stuff in OUR King’s name. Or silly stuff. Or self-centered, fleshy stuff. People who’d rather be “celebrities” than “servants” and strut their stuff. Sorry for those as well.
When we offend you, please know it is because we want to share the riches with you. And don’t always know quite how. We are toddlers, excited with our new words.
Look! And we smile too big, or step too clumsy.
Call us if you want to talk.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
I Corinthians 1:18