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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Christ-likeness


I recently learned a really sad story about Mahatma Ghandi. Our preacher wrote about it in a church e-mail. I think just about anyone would recognize the name Ghandi, but did you know that he once was interested in becoming a Christian? He was very enraptured by the teachings of Jesus Christ and often quoted Him. Once when the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Ghandi he asked him, “Mr. Ghandi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is it that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”
Ghandi replied, “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.” The story goes that Ghandi attempted to attend a Christian church while in South Africa. A man was standing at the door and very rudely told him he couldn't attend their church. So.....Mr. Ghandi remained a Hindu and never had a relationship with Jesus. How tragic. He would have made an awesome Christian!
Beth Moore tells a story about a time when she and her ministry team went out West for a conference. During a break, the other ladies on the team went on a field trip to the Grand Canyon or some place similar. The atheist tour guide was very impressed with how sincere and friendly the ladies were. Before they parted ways he told one of them, "If all Christians acted like you ladies there would be a lot more of you." We all need to act more like Christ when we're out in public.....but it's just as important to act like Christ when we're doing the day to day tasks at home in front of our children and spouses.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for a wonderful reminder of how much our behavior and actions are being watched by others.

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