Here’s a conversation I just had with a relative who doesn’t “walk around with a cross under my feet”.
Her: Hey! What you know about that guy–what’s his name? TJ? (speaking of a popular preacher whose name escaped her). Something’s not right about him.
Me: Well, I know a lot of people follow him, but a few things worry me about him. I think he gets some things seriously wrong about the Bible. He considers himself a preacher, but describes himself as a leader, thinker, business man, and then a pastor. If you are a pastor and preacher of God’s Word, that should come first before anything else.
Her: I call him one of those fake preachers. What do you think about Teresa? (speaking of a mutual friend who recently became a Christian and started a church).
Me: I can’t do too much with her either. I don’t think what she’s doing is biblical.
Her: I feel like she’s doing too much. You can’t just jump up and start preaching. You living on a faith that you haven’t even learned yet. You don’t just learn Jesus over night. It takes years–years of practice.
Me: That’s right. Some people jump in there too soon. There was a popular rap artist who did the same thing, and it proved to be too much too soon. You need time to grow as a Christian.
Her: I was at church one Sunday, and the preacher said, “I don’t know much, but I do know the name Jesus.” They thought I was sleep, but I don’t be sleep all the time. You got to be careful throwing words around. That word Jesus is a powerful word. You might know the Bible back to front, but that don’t mean you know Jesus! You can know his name, but do you take his name seriously?
Me: That’s right!
Her: And you know another strong word? Faith is a strong, strong word. People take that word faith for granted.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”