Doug and I have often discussed the differences between Christians and good people. In both of our businesses and backgrounds, agnostics and atheists reign supreme, and both of us knowing good people who claim atheism over God, want to find some place for them in our eternity because surely our sovereign God would not condemn them–let alone the lonely African so-journer who never heard of God.
Last night, he said something that resonated with me–perhaps more than anything that I have heard in a while:
“What is hard about being nice in America?”
In this country we live better than royalty throughout history, so why wouldn’t we be nice. If you take away all that somebody has, and we don’t eat for days or weeks, can we still maintain kindness. Hell, I can’t be nice when I am fat on three meals and riding high in nice car.
I guess the thought is that a Christian is fed by a love that is incomprehensible, so despite any of their adversity, they will still exude love. Unfortunately, many are disillusioned by a christian and not Christ. I don’t even know what it means to have a connection with a source of love so deep that you would still love even when heckled, beaten, taunted, and crucified, but apparently that is what Christianity is all about. All this time I thought it was about a checklist of do’s and don’ts, rights and wrongs, and Phat mansions.