No. Seriously though, I was thinking last night while building a brass doll bed for my daughter, “If I’m so upset with so many Christians, are there any Christians that I do not despise? If so, who and why?” I think that the first that comes to mind would be Mother Teresa. I admittedly do not know a whole lot about her. Perhaps in that is how I’m so fascinated with her. She dedicated her life to serving those who few others would even consider. She associated herself with outcasts, and in the process, didn’t expend energy trying to tell others about her “good deeds”. I heard Gov. Sam Brownback speak one time about Mother Teresa. He said the single most important thing that she said to him was when she was in the car leaving from where ever they had met. She rolled down the window and exclaimed to him “All for Jesus. All for Jesus. All for Jesus.” The car then pulled away. She believed that that as James stated “faith without works is dead”. And no, I just don’t believe that she was attempting to “earn” her salvation or her way out of Purgatory. That simply does not seem to coincide with someone of her nature.
Another Christian I hold in high regard has also passed. The late Rich Mullins also dedicated his life to serving others, in particular the American Indians. He gave them, at times, literally, the shoes off of his feet. Rich was another Christian whom so many knew in spite of the fact that he didn’t try to draw attention to himself. Fan of his music or not, read the lyrics. There is content to what he wrote. Not just random rambling “praising Jesus”. His accountant asked him how to manage Rich’s money income from music sales. Rich told him to find out what the average income of the U.S. was including everyone and give the rest to the reservations with which Rich worked. It turned out that, as I recall, in 1996, the average income was about 24,000 dollars/year. Rich lived in a trailer house in Arizona, yet by net sales was a millionaire. I wonder how many other Christians artists live in trailer houses.
A third Christian that I admire is Brennan Manning. Again, I’m in awe of his humility, yet he holds a notable position in Christian circles. One particular quote of his comes to mind, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today, is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and turn around and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” This could very well be this blogs motto.
Then, last, but certainly not least, I have to admire Ravi Zacharias. He is a Christian apologist, author, and speaker who has had a great influence on my life. If humility is the theme, Ravi could not be left out. He is a very educated man, yet is very respectable of those who would love to kill him for his beliefs. I’ve had the pleasure of reading two of his books, Jesus Among Other Gods, and Can Man Live Without God?. He uses legitimate reasoning both from the scriptures and from popular world view to discuss Jesus’ claim to be “the way the truth and the life”. It should be stated that Ravi is often asked to speak at venues that are anything but Christian from Ivy league schools such as Harvard, and Yale, to other religions institutions including Islamic and on to cult conventions such as the Mormons. He is so polite and respectful of their beliefs, yet holds the Bible as being the final authority over man. My words do not do the man justice.