Destroying Speculations

The Sower by Vincent Van Gogh

“Sorry,” Raquel apologized for her rumbling tummy. “I didn’t eat breakfast.”

“You know better,” I teased.

Raquel, a nurse, was screening me before I could donate blood.

“My daughter dawdles in the morning so I can’t get her ready and have time for breakfast, too,” she explained.

We chatted some more and then I gave her a “Good News” comic book for her daughter, knowing people always appreciate if we show interest in them or their children. I also gave her “Would You Like To Know God Personally” later, thinking our conversation was ending.

Happily, she stayed with me to take my blood and we were able to talk deeper. Raquel had gone to church as a child and felt she needed to go again for her daughter’s sake. She told me that she had lost her mother when she was young. She was very open and honest. Every time I mentioned “Jesus,” she would turn the conversation to “the church.” We had a very good conversation, but I could not understand why she seemed so interested in spiritual things and yet was holding back for some reason.

Finally, I asked her, “Why aren’t you interested in knowing God personally?”

“I guess I watch too much TV,” she offered.

I assumed she was referring to the constant barrage of evolutionary dogma on television, but as I started to take the conversation that direction, I asked her what she watched.

“The History Channel,” she explained.

I was a bit taken aback, but I assured her that the Bible and the life of Christ could be proven historically and offered to help her. I gave her a Spanish version of the “Four Spiritual Laws” and she was willing to give me her e-mail address, so I sent her a link to the Luis Palau festival that was coming to town in a few days.

What strikes me as I remember this conversation is the increase in attacks on Christianity from a “historical” approach. It can be overwhelming if we feel we have to be a science or history expert when we talk to people!  The real issue, of course, is the person WILLING to believe even if we could answer all their questions?

Have you had to address historical issues when you share your faith?

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5

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