Recently a friend and I had dinner together. After I ordered a Margarita to drink she said, ‘oh miss Deborah. You surprise me. I always thought you were such a serious Christian lady!’
‘I am a very serious follower of Christ and love the freedom He has given me.’
You have been there. That conversation you wish you were better prepared for…the better things you think of later that you could have said but that moment has passed.
The next thing my moral compass started flipping all over the dial. Was she indeed correct? Had I not ‘set myself apart’ by ordering an alcoholic drink?
The reasoning began. Scriptures I had learned since childhood keep surfacing into my mind.
One thing, no two things I have total certainty about:
1. I will not be a hypocrite
2. Jesus is the Lord of my life and Lord of Everything. Which by definition excludes nothing.
When eating meat previously offered to idols became an issue, we remember Paul saying the “kingdom is not a matter of food or drink.”
Yet I am constantly reminded that people with little knowledge of Scripture have very different perceptions of teaching I understand.
So to answer the question, ‘what is a serious Christian? ‘ my answer must be:
The person who puts every thought and action through the filter of God’s love. And this gives me a great opportunity to engage my friend the next time she orders a beer and I order a Margarita. Imagine what God’s love can do for her!