At Least They Try

I have tried to remember anyone attempting to teach me about Jesus.  There are hundred, maybe thousands, of ACTS stickers on cars.  I am sure there are hundreds of Protestants going on the Walk to Emmaus.  Thousands more going to church, both Catholic and Protestant alike.

I remember in college there was a girl who invited me to church.  I enjoyed her company so I went.  About half way through the service I felt dirty.  I could not shake the feeling.  I left and felt better.  She invited me back and I thought I must have just had a bad day or something so I went back.  This time I walked in and felt that dirty feeling immediately.  Later I realized that she was Mormon.  That was one person who wanted to save my soul.

More recently I have had several studies with Church of Christ people.  They really do enjoy teaching you about the book of Acts without any special stickers on their car or walks anywhere.  These studies have been instigated by a single man.  Now I can count two who wanted to save my soul.

I am sure I must not have put as much thought into this as I should.  I have had others invite me to churches but I do not recall it having the feel of someone interested in saving my soul.

Our default seems to be “they are saved” until they prove otherwise instead of “they may not be saved let’s have a talk”.  Shouldn’t a Christian’s default be the second.

Galatians 6:11 – See what big letters I make as I write to you with my own hand!

What big letters I make. It seems that as a whole the “Christian” has a default stance of “they are already saved by the grace of God”. Well unless you are Hitler then we might try to convert you – well except it would be bad for our image so that’s OK, no never mind on saving him. Why is this our default stance? Isn’t it much more likely that the way is narrow and that good person next to you is lost? I am guilty of this.

Slight shift. Can a Christian’s life really be balanced? Slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:18). Enslaved to God (Romans 6:22).

2 Responses

  1. Lisa August 4, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Hey…I think you may have left me off that list of ‘they tried to save my soul’ people. I think I fit the qualifications, you came to my church once.. not the Mass, but my church, remember? And if I’m not mistaken, I’ve texted or said to you many times, I’m just trying to save you. : )
    Please make that total 3.
    Thank you.
    Oh, and most definitely Catholics do not believe that you are ‘saved’ and don’t have to worry about saving others. True this: they do not cover as much as you’d like about saving others, but maybe for us, it’s more prayer, and up to the person to find their hope. You suffer a lot, worrying about others. First of all, worry is not something we are supposed to do. Pray, and leave it to God. So, suffering for others, not so much. We pray for others, and like we’ve talked about before, plant the seed, the Lord should take over after that. Or do what you can for people that God sends to you. But you can’t live their life..that would be their…CHOICE.. ; ) Gotcha.

    • pmbaker August 5, 2015 / 5:32 am

      Such wise council. I promise I am trying to learn some of that. I counted you among those who invited me to church. I added that line specifically for you as a matter of fact. 🙂

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