Contradicting the Brochure
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I have fond memories of family trips when the kids were younger; the adventure, the togetherness, the planning, the brochures. Did I say "and the waiting"? Yeah, there were times when the kids would be waiting in the car and waiting and waiting. They would ask Mom, "Where is Dad? Why doesn't he come out of that tourist center there?" She would respond with, "Oh, you know he's getting brochures."
Yep, I'm the big, great brochure collector! I would write ahead (That's right! In the days before the internet!), I would write ahead to an area that we hoped to travel through or visit and find out what and where the nice places were, and maybe a place to stay. We didn't have a lot of money; we didn't have a lot of time. So we wanted to do the best with what we had.
Oh, every brochure I got was beautiful! They all looked like they had great facilities. But what I really liked to do was to talk to someone who had been there, because oftentimes the person who has been there has a story that isn't quite the same as the brochure. I'm not going to a place that a veteran gives bad feedback about! Why would you believe an ad over someone who has been there and knows firsthand? Sometimes the firsthand experience is very different from the brochure.
Wouldn't it be awful to be a reason for a person to ignore Jesus; to miss heaven because I would not deal with that contradiction in my character? I would not bring that stubborn sin under the lordship of Christ. If you know Christ, you're being watched. What is there in your life that might turn someone away from Christ because of your inconsistency? What the Gospel promises, it can deliver, but a person who has been there has to back up the brochure or no one will buy.
Virtually everyone I've ever known who came to Christ did it because of a Christian they knew. Virtually everyone I knew who wouldn't come to Christ was because of a Christian they knew.
The issue isn't something as trivial as where they'll spend vacation. No, the issue now is where the people you know are going to spend forever.
© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
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