Don’t Miss the Moment
Most people would not consider themselves racist. But if you press them with specific questions or even better, observe their behaviors in a natural setting, you will discover that most people have some prejudices and/or believe certain stereotypes.
This is such a part of human nature that therapists and various other professionals have to take ethics classes to teach them to explore bias that may impact their professional performance.
And Christians are not immune. Though the Bible tells us repeatedly not to judge, if we honestly examine ourselves, we would see we are prone to subtle judgments if we are not diligent in praying for our thought life.
When I was a new Christian, I tried to tell my biological mother who did not raise me about the healing power of Christ. But it came off as very judgmental to her she later explained to me. Like, somehow at over 55 years old, she had no knowledge of God whatsoever. So I stepped back and didn’t discuss salvation with her but I continued to pray for her. And when God had me to talk to her again, she was a totally different person. She was saved and going to church and you could tell her life had changed.
It is an assumption easily made. Because people don’t identify as Christian or because they confess or engage in things that go against the Bible, we dismiss them as ungodly and having no relationship with God at all. But some people truly seek God and are sitting in churches that do not teach well, so they are misinformed on things.
Celebrities have to balance their persona against their real self which for some means denying or hiding their faith. Yet, we easily chalk them up to having no knowledge of God. Lady Gaga told her dancers before the Super Bowl that their gift belonged to God and using it that night was an opportunity to show God’s wisdom.
This is a profoundly wise viewpoint. For me, I saw a seed in this celebrity that just needs to be watered with divine truth.
“So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-8).
Today, with so many prejudices and so much racism and fear influencing government and law, it is important to not slip into societal mindsets and personal bias. We have to remember that Jesus died for every person that was ever born and will ever be born. That is the bottom line. No matter what their current situation, God wants their soul saved.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (1 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Take every opportunity to plant and/or water. Don’t miss the moment because of our human propensity to dismiss what we don’t understand in other people.
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