Monday, July 23, 2012

Little Man On It?

We live in a secular society. One can no longer assume that the average person we meet knows the language or symbols of our faith.

A friend of mine went to a mall department store not long ago to purchase a cross necklace for his wife. When he asked the clerk to show him the various options being offered for sale, she responded with a curious question: "Do you want a cross with or without a little man on it?"

The only thing the clerk knew was that some people preferred a crucifix (Catholics) and others like the image of the empty cross (Protestants). The "little man" the clerk was referring to, of course, was Jesus of Nazareth!

There was a time when everyone in America, including people from other religions, knew something about Jesus. That can no longer be assumed.

If you are a person of faith, don't assume people understand about Jesus. They probably do not know about him so it is our privilege and responsibility to tell them.

1 comment:

  1. You are so right about so many unaware. The first time that I went to Estonia with a mission team, we had talked and talked about Jesus Christ. Later, in a small group, one of the young adults in the group raised her hand timidly and asked, "Could you just tell me about this Christian thing?" We take so much for granted.