A teacher entered her classroom on the first day of school and declared to her class of children, "I am an atheist!" She then asked her class if they are atheist also. Most of the little children not really knowing what atheism was, but wanting to be like their teacher quickly raised their hands.
There was, however, one exception. A little girl in the back of the classroom did not raise her hand. The teacher then asked her, "Why do you want to be different from all your friends?" The little girl responded, "Because I am not an atheist!"
Then, the teacher asked the girl, "Well, what are you?" The little girl quickly but politely responded, "I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ."
The teacher who was a little perturbed now, asked, "Why are you a Christian?" "Well, my mom and dad are Christians. They have taken me to church since I was a baby. I have learned about Jesus and all He has done for me. I love Him and I have accepted Him as my Savior!"
The teacher was now very angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly, "what if your mom and dad were morons. What would you be a moron also?"
The little girl paused and smiled at her teacher. "Well, no" she said, "I would be an atheist."
The world is telling Christians to be more tolerant and while we don't want to be mean or fight with non-believers, it is important that we stand true to God's Word. When someone accuses Christian believers as being unsympathetic, narrow-minded, and intolerant, I find they are lacking understanding themselves.
Such persons seem to have an unhealthy desire to quibble, they argue just to evade the point and they seem to crave controversy that will produce dissension. This serves only to stir up arguments ending in division, slander and evil suspicions.
As Christians our response should always be loving and kind, but we should never conform to the beliefs of this world simply to please those around us. We can be gracious and still stand on God's Word -- if we don't we will fall for the lies of Satan!
God's Word clearly tells us, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2
We should never be so well-adjusted to our culture that we fit into it without thinking. We must fix our attention on to God and recognize what He wants from us and then respond to Him alone.
Never simulate the behaviors and customs of this world, let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is always good, pleasing and perfect!
Will YOU... STAND for Truth or FALL for Lies!!