Stepping Heavenward

2006-09-28

Wear Your Rings In Public?



This moring (after turning my bedroom up-side-down hunting for something) I was found some of my old Bible Study notes from earlier this year. As I was flicking through the scribbly pages I came across this...and thought I would write it down here.

We had been talking about people being 'Sunday Christians' or 'Wednesday-night-prayer-meeting-Christians'...you know, the people who walk into church once or twice a week (or once or twice a year)and go through the motions and then walk out and spend the rest of their time doing as they want, being where they choose, and acting how they please. It was then that somebody told us a little story that perfectly showed the craziness of such a life.

Picture it: a guy gets up the courage to ask his girl to marry him. She whole heartedly agrees and cannot wait until her wedding day-the day she has been looking forward to ever since she was a small girl! Her new husband-to-be slides a gorgeous ring onto her finger and she knows she has never been happier in all her life.
Now picture this: the sweet young couple have been invited out to a friend's party. The guy drives over to the girl's house to pick her up, she gets into the passenger seat and they start driving. Soon the guy notices that she is trying to yank the ring off her finger. "What on earth are you doing?" he askes her with a funny grin. She seems a little embarrassed and mumbles something quietly. "Is the ring not good enough?" he jokes, and then immediatly notices that there are tears in her eyes.
"Don't be mad at me!" she says, "Please understand! I do love you, I really do! And I'll wear your ring when we are both together, but I don't want to wear it out in public. My friends...they...just don't think you're cool. I don't want them to think I am weird."

Hmm. Unusual, huh? What kind of a girl would only wear her ring around the man she is to marry? She should be so proud of it!The same way it is for us as Christians. There is simply no way we can be "Sunday" Christians, it's all or nothing.

I heard a quote once that went like this; "The greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians. They walk into church and praise God and then walk right out and deny Him by their lifestyle". I'm sure we all know that there have been times when non-believers have said "If that's what you call Christianity, then I'm not having anything to do with it."

It may just be that the only Bible some people will ever read will be your life. Do we wear our 'rings' in public, or do we try and pull them off when we think nobody is looking?