How to Be a Christian in The Real World
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, I had a job as a server in a restaurant. Truth be told, I’ve had several different jobs as a server (waiter). But, before I became a Christian my lifestyle was much different (big surprise, huh?!).
I had a regular habit of partying with my coworkers. I partied so hard that many times I’d spend all the money that I made that day at the bar that night, and I had no money left over. So, it was back to work…
This is by no means me bragging about partying. I make this point to illustrate a small fraction of how terribly I lived before Jesus saved me.
Well, the day came when I went back to waiting tables after I had become a Christian.
It would be an understatement to say that I was just a little nervous about how I was going to be a Christian in this environment. If you’ve seen the movie Waiting with Ryan Renolds, then you know how the service industry looks. Not a lot of godly things happen in that environment.
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As I started this new job, I was simultaneously going into my second semester of seminary, and everyone that I worked with knew it. I guess everyone had gotten the briefing that a seminary student was coming onto the scene because from day one I got ambushed with questions about inconsistencies in the Bible, the Crusades, Jesus specials (quasi-true stories of Jesus on the History Channel), and the hypocrisy of the church.
So, how did I do the whole Christian-thing in the real world?
I was just a Christian.
I say “just” here not in a reductionistic way, but rather in a simple way. I allowed myself to be a Christian.
Many times in our lives we’re faced, and will continuously be faced, with whether or not we will hide our faith or not. Now, I’m not saying that I brought a fanny pack full of gospel tracks and handed them out while I was preaching on a soap box in the dining room. I simply lived according to my worldview.
As Christians we’re called to live a life that demonstrates Christ. But does that look like being a perfect person like Ned Flanders? No…
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