Picture this: A man comes onto the Nyack College campus and starts defending child slavery. He stands in Boon lobby yelling, “Children don’t deserve to be treated with dignity, only adults do! Child slavery leads to lower production costs and therefore lower prices for the consumer! Support child slavery!” I have a feeling that many of us would stop in our tracks. As Christians, we find people to be valuable– children and adults, slave and free. If someone came to a prevalent place of faith and preached these ideas, I don’t doubt that people would stand up to him.
Alright, now picture this: You’re in New York City, surrounded by millions of people, and there’s someone there yelling the same thing. Actually, there’s a whole group of them. A group of people are standing on crates yelling in support of child slavery. No one is standing up and speaking against them. Would you? Surrounded by all those people who may or may not believe what you do? Maybe you would. Let’s face it, most people view humans as valuable. I would venture to guess that most people value the lives of children even more so than that of adults. In this situation, I would not be surprised if people from many different faiths spoke out against this radical group. Child slavery is not a controversial topic, especially in the United States. People who support it are most definitely in the minority, and if they really do support child slavery, they’re not speaking up about it.
But what if you heard someone speaking out against your Jesus?
Picture this: A man comes to Nyack College and asks the hard questions about Christianity. He shouts, “If your God is good, why are children dying of malnutrition? If homosexuality is wrong, why is my son convinced he was born gay? If God is in ultimate control, why doesn’t everyone go to heaven? Christians are hypocrites! There is no God! There is no God!” What would we do? Surrounded by Christian peers and leaders, I’m sure we would confront him, attempt to answer his questions, argue against him, etcetera.
Alright, now picture this: You’re in New York City, surrounded by millions of people, and there’s a whole group of people yelling these same insults to Christianity. They yell, “There is no God! There is no God!” What would you do? I think most of us would walk by. We would take out our cell phones, pull up Instagram, and walk past like they’re not even there. Maybe our palms would sweat and we would think about what we would say. Maybe we would say something, but not loud enough for anyone to hear.
What would you do?
Are you more passionate about the lives of children than you are about Jesus Christ?
What is something you would stand up for… or against?
The world is slowly becoming more and more against our Jesus. Are you ready for that conversation?
Side note: You don’t think you’ll ever face anything like this? Here’s the article that got these wheels turning in my head: