Friday, February 10, 2012

Telling It Like It Is

So it's been a little while since my last blog. We have had an exciting past couple of weeks. For about two and half weeks he had two Chinese university students stay with us. They came to America through a program in our church to help them with their English-speaking skills, but also to learn more about American culture. Our place is a bit small to have two people at our house for that long, but it was so much fun and it was such a blessing to be able to minister to them. A co- worker even had two Chinese Bibles we gave them.

This Tuesday we had Bible study. There is a man in our Bible study who is in his 70s and is a very committed Christian. As I have gotten to know him, he has really spoken into both Jerry and my life. Two weeks ago, he had some insight on why he thinks post traumatic stress disorder happens. He said in his day they never made soldiers go on six or seven tours like they are now- a person can't handle that much. This week he had a very insightful comment as we were talking about reaching out to people. He candidly and honestly shared that he still deals with the sin of being prejudice. He said just when he thinks God has helped him with it, he might judge a Muslim or an interracial couple before knowing them.

It truly moves me when people are that honest. And it spoke deeply to me- we all have our prejudices... I may not be prone to judging Muslims, but I know I judge a lot of people I think are cultural Christians before getting to know them. His honesty really spoke to me about giving that sin up to God. Sometimes we never know what letting our guards down can do. I was truly blessed by his humility.

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