No Not One

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)

“Are you women Christians?”

My traveling buddy and I looked at each other seemingly perplexed as to why this young lady dressed from head to feet in an outfit from the sixties was interested in who we are.

“Why yes we are. ” I told the young lady who was standing next to us outside of the hotel where we were attending a Christian Women’s Conference.

I had already prepared myself to be asked for some change. But much to my surprise the young lady wasn’t looking for a handout.

However, as with my traveling buddy, her tenancy is to immediately pull out a tract and witness for Jesus. And she did exactly that.

The young lady took the tract and glance at its cover and then pushed it in her oversized backpack.

She smiled and followed up with another question.

“If you wouldn’t mind me asking…but can you tell me exactly what’s the difference between a Christian and Evangelical? I keep hearing and reading about Evangelicals and I’m kinda confused. Aren’t they Christians or am I missing something?”

Now for the first time in the many years that I have known my dear traveling companion, she was speechless.

Right at the very moment when I was preparing to share with this young lady my understanding of what the Bible states about evangelism, a group of women attending the conference, standing nearby, abruptly chimed in on our conversation and one of them took it upon herself to respond to the question.

“Evangelicals are very much Christians!” said the woman wearing a straw hat and a tee-shirt that declared, I Love Jesus and America.

The woman continued as if she was the only person appointed by God to answer the young lady’s inquiry.

“You must understand that we are all about God, Family and Country,” the woman boasted as if this was a badge of honor. “You see, this is what makes us different from all of the other religions. If it wasn’t for God fearing, hard-working and tax paying Christians, America wouldn’t exist.”

At that moment, I abruptly interrupted this self-righteous woman. As far as I was concerned, she was misrepresenting the truth. And she sure wasn’t speaking of and for Christ.

The second that I opened my mouth to share the Biblical explanation to this young lady, she swiftly ran across the street, leaving me, my traveling buddy and the group of women behind.

My traveling buddy suddenly found her voice.

“You know, that lady doesn’t know what she is talking about.” my traveling buddy said in a loud voice. “If anything, she sounds to me like she is more concerned about politics than the Living God.”

The woman in the straw hat and her group turned and looked in our direction. There was no longer a feeling of Christian love or kindness beaming from any of their facial expressions or body language.

Feeling that it was necessary to cut off the antagonist emotions between the group and my traveling buddy, I came up with some small talk, just to calm the tension.

Well, to my surprise (but not however to my traveling buddy) this group of Evangelical women began talking among themselves, leaving me with the opinion that they had no intention of wanting to be sisters in Christ.

Long story short is this.

God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are One but not the body of Christ, here in America.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. I John 5:7-8

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