Wednesday, June 1, 2005

That's What We Should Be Known For

Between his strong accent and the phone connection, the Sri Lankan's voice was a bit hard to understand, but the story he told made me proud to be associated with him. He told us how people from his church had travelled to the southern part of their island nation to help communities destroyed by the tsunami. They had come across a youth group who were helping clean up a Buddhist temple. The temple priest was appreciative of their help and began asking questions "Who are you? Where do you come from?". When he discovered that they were Christians, he began to weep. He told them that just a few months ago he and his people had burned down a Christian church. He then got down on his knees and asked them to forgive him. Loving one's enemy - now that's something we should be known for.

Just this morning we were reading 2 Corinthians 3:18 that says "But all of us who are Christians have no veils of our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord...." I couldn't help but say, "Do you actually know anybody who actually reflects Jesus' glory like a mirror?". I was as frustrated with my own dullness and lack of reflection of any type of glory. And it seemed like all I hear about are the embarrassing or uncaring things that people do in the name of Christ. So it was particularly encouraging today to hear this story... to be reminded that there are those of us who actually do reflect Jesus Christ. Thank God.

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