“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9 New American Standard Bible
What is your idea of Jesus? I mean how do you envision Him? Think about it a moment.
While traveling abroad in Europe, I met an older woman who loved to explore foreign countries. She showed me photo album after photo album of exotic places she’s visited. She and her husband trekked through many countries across the globe, except for one; the United States.
I found that intriguing so I asked “why”?
“Doesn’t attract me”, she said. So I probed further with another “Why.”
“There is no mystery there” was the answer I got.
Seems she was terribly fascinated with Asia, their culture and all the “mysteries” they held. In her mind the United States bore absolutely no comparison. She had zero interest in seeing my beautiful country because we were not “mysterious.” It saddened me.
What she called mysteries I saw as mere superstitions. Before we became the United States, the American Indians held much mystery in this great land. But along with the mysteries and superstitions came barbarism. Not something I want to embrace and explore on a daily basis. I’m grateful changes came to our country even if it may seem boring to some.
So I could somewhat agree that the USA of the twentieth century is not mysterious as a whole based on her definition. The founding fathers built this country on the principles of the Bible which taught love for humanity and civility practiced authentically. A lot of mysterious questions were answered for them in the scripture and a system of governing was set up in accordance with what they learned.
In time the USA became a powerful and productive nation. We had freedoms and a way of life envied throughout the world. “Why?” Do you believe it’s because we accepted a divine truth and geared our way of life in submission to it?
Why? Or why not?
The attitude of our country is changing quickly with the dissolution of moral absolute thought. No one is sure of anything, let alone what the TRUTH really is. Chaos is beginning to roil and rumble in the undercurrents of our nation. No longer is our nation united as we once were.
Do you agree or disagree?
The woman I spoke with travelled to places like Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and China many times. During her travels she became especially enamored with Buddha and the philosophies he taught.
I asked her what she thought about Jesus.
Same answer. She had no interest in Jesus. My heart sank to a deeper low than over her apathy over the U.S. So I asked her “Why”?
She said look at my Buddha and pointed to a small figurine in her living room.
“See how happy he is? How he smiles?”
Then she pointed to a crucifix adorning the wall, also in her living room. “Look at Him up there, He’s not happy.”
I tried to explain to her that Jesus was no longer on the cross. That He rose from the dead and is happier than we can imagine in this life. That He is ALIVE and seated with the Father in heaven, not hung on a cross on a wall or on a piece of jewelry.
“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was REVEALED in these last times for your sakes.” I Peter 1:20 New International version
Mystery Revealed! That one day those who accept His sacrifice on the cross on their behalf will live with Him forever in paradise. Can’t get any happier than that.
It seemed to be a foreign concept to her. Probably thought we made it up in the United States.;( She appeared more comfortable with her mysteries and superstitions. I pray for her from time to time that she will seek the Truth of the seed I planted in her mind years ago.
May she find the living Lord before she draws her last breath and it’s too late.
Perhaps there is someone you know who needs prayer to accept Christ’s Truth?
“. . . Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”
Romans 8:34 New Living translation
Shine on. . .
As always, comments are welcome whether you agree or disagree.