I never met Wells Farnham—a co-founder of John Stott Ministries USA—however, I do appreciate his wry sense of humor.
Often when going to lunch or coffee by myself, I tell others I am going to have a committee meeting with me. Those meetings are easy. Outstanding ideas emerge and a unanimous vote of one concludes without a struggle.
Even when I add me and myself to I, decisions of three pass quickly and without dissent.
It takes little effort to see the world as just me.
When it comes to my definition of righteousness, I need only to look in the mirror—now that isn’t being truthful.
I can’t be as righteous as I sometime demand others to be.
True story—on one occasion when visiting the nation of Uruguay, the handful of believers—the only ones left—told of their preacher formally dis-fellowshipping his own wife over a matter of opinion. Now, that would make for a wonderful home atmosphere!
Deciding who is and who isn’t a Christian is not a God assignment on my Christian job description. God does not need my help on that one. He knows I would make the wrong judgments.
It might just be God can recognize His own children without my help.
When I start to move the perimeters of the fence inward, it doesn’t take long until it is just me and I can reach out and touch the four sides of the fence without taking a step.
What’s wrong with this picture is the “me centeredness”, rather than gazing upon Jesus.
It is not just me—I have brothers and sisters around the globe.
Wouldn’t a less comical and more accurate description of Christian be, “A Christian is a child of God who loves all his or her Christian brothers and sisters and those of the world who still live in darkness?”
Perhaps one day I can more closely meet that definition.
Stay tuned. Gary J. Sorrells on Cross Church.