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Differences

April 7th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Submitted by Jenny Chan ‘07

When I was not a Christian I was told that there should be a difference between Christians and non-Christians. So, I started watching people. At first I thought I saw a difference, that Christians tended to be nicer. But in the end, I concluded everyone was pretty much the same. People made mistakes, they disappointed me, and no one really cared.

When I became a Christian, I definitely felt different. This is going to sound really dumb, but I was now able to love people (including my parents). I cared about them, I wanted to be with them. Before…well, let’s not go into that. In any case, I felt different and I wanted others to see it too. I tried very much to be nice and caring, but soon I became disappointed. For one, some non-Christians were just as or even more thoughtful than I was. Second, I failed. I got irritated, I was hurt, and then I stop caring. I began to realize that maybe I was no different than a non-Christian.

The most concrete reminder of this in my life is my coworker. Our work is like a black hole to everyone else we work with, so we spend A LOT of time together. At first I thought God placed me in this position to reach out to her. Maybe He did, I’m not sure. We’ve talked…somewhat. But I am also beginning to understand what I am like to others, since she is very similar to me. When she’s happy and she wants to spend time with you, it’s great. We get along pretty well. When she’s angry or our opinions clash, she’ll give me the silent treatment and it’s the scariest and most irritating thing ever. When she’s in a bad mood, she’ll show it. I get angry because I didn’t really do anything wrong, but…well, I know I do that too! So then what? Are we no different?

Tim Keller addressed this issue briefly last month at the Veritas forum. He said that there are non-Christians who would probably make a better dad than him, who care about poor people more, etc. So really, we are no better than others around us. We are all sinners! The only difference is having faith that God forgives our sins when we lay them before Him and knowing that Jesus died for us so that one day we may be with Him.

Remember the two criminals who hung on either side of Jesus? They both committed a crime and were going to die because of it. Their lives were lived and would end in the same way. The only difference was one said:

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” - Luke 23:42

And that made all the difference.

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