I love meeting new people; I think everyone has a story to tell. We should all listen sometimes. ~Kim Smith
I come from a large extended family of liars. No one is to be trusted.
You might get a phone call from “the sheriff” telling you your husband is in jail. Or, perhaps, a letter in the mail from some lost relative wanting to give you money.
Mostly the lying is good-natured; playing cards with us can be tricky, but we have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Here’s a heads up: if someone says, “That’s a true story right there,” don’t believe them.
Jesus told a lot of stories. The most well-known, culturally, is The Good Samaritan.
A man was hurt and beaten along the road, left to die. People who should have stopped to help him, walked by on the other side. Then an enemy came by. He stopped to help the man- going above and beyond the call of duty. He was the good Samaritan.
The early church was confronted with a real-life good Samaritan, and they didn’t know what to do about it.
Cornelius was a centurion in the Italian Regiment. He was trouble with a capital T. That rhymes with G and that stands for Gentile.
But Cornelius was a good man. He was generous, caring for the poor and needy. He was devout, praying to God. He was loved by God, and an angel visited him.
Cornelius and all of his family turned to Jesus. They became Christians and were given the Holy Spirit.
Some people weren’t too sure about it. But Peter answered, ” . . . God does not show favoritism, but accepts from every nation . . .”
Did you know there are Christians in Congo, India, Ethiopia, China, Kenya, and Tanzania? Did you also know there are Christians with tattoos, piercings, and purple hair? There are Christians who are older than dirt and others who like to eat dirt. There are Christians who sing and shout and some who quietly kneel.
We all have ideas of what Christians look like and how they behave. Creating book covers in our minds is what we do.
Telling stories so astounding they have to be true is what God does.