Christians are the most vulgar and uneducated people around.
Those are not my words. Those are the words of a second century enemy of Christianity…
…a man who said that conversion involved timidity and ignorance…
…without power over men of education.
What are we to make of these claims?
This Will Sting a Little
There is something of timidity in a convert. Jesus describes the convert like a simple, helpless child.
Someone without credentials. Power. Or influence.
In other words, toilets.
The Ugly and Vulgar on Display
Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt so bad if Jesus or Paul were refering to our life before Christ. But they aren’t.
Paul and Jesus are calling born-again Christians baked clay pots. They’re calling us toilets.
If you are a convert, you are powerless. Yet, a true convert know this. He know’s he needs a lifeboat to survive this raging sea.
A true convert knows he doesn’t have a crown to give. In fact, he’s a groveler. A lowbrow. Dropout. Nobody.
Insignificant, ugly and vulgar.
But Here’s the Rub…
The Christians are always different.
Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them.
There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.
What accounts for this difference? The true convert is the greatest in the kingdom of God. If twelve low-grade, ordinary men will judge the earth one day, what reward can the convert expect?
We are the last, the vulnerable, the petty, but we rejoice. God trusts us with the advance of the Gospel–the message of God’s eternal kingdom of light and life.
That accounts for the transformation.
Now, a dollar to anyone who can name the second century enemy of Christianity I mention above. Leave your answer in the comments.
**Part of the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Sharing Your Faith series.**