They say that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. I wish I could say this wasn’t the truth but sometimes it feels like it. Have you ever been standing there talking to a person and they are looking right past you to the semi-celebrity that just entered the room? I want to say “Hey, I’m right here!” pointing to my eyeballs. But alas, that would be rude. Ironic.
They say not to talk politics or religion at a social event, but in DC, these two subjects are the two main entrées on the menu. I learned why this was taboo as a young girl when my sister’s “hippie-esk” boyfriend exclaimed “Wrong!” in response to my father’s attempt to educate him about something political. I can’t remember the content of dad’s response, but is was colorful and loud. These days I do a much better job of skirting around the topic of politics than I do with religion.
At a recent cocktail party, an acquaintance shared with me that all people who sit in the church pew are just pretending. His comment made me deeply sad for him; he could see it on my face immediately. Outwardly this is the guy whom everyone wants to be. Beautiful family, great business and extremely well connected. But now, up close, I could see that this was a man who poured all of his energy and effort into his outer world. He could tell I was on to him.
My conversation partner prided himself on being an open-minded intellectual, so I brought up C.S. Lewis and his journey from atheist to his very public conversion to belief in the living Christ. He patted me on the back and assured me that my crutch was not for him. The next day, I dropped the book “Mere Christianity” in his mailbox. Would you believe that open-minded fella was not open-minded enough to even consider opening that book? He dropped it off in my mailbox the next day saying thanks but no thanks. Walking through the world thinking you know everything must be a heavy burden to bear, I thought to myself.
So…not your typical success story but maybe some seeds were planted in his life? Personally, I realized how blessed I was to have faith and to know what it is like to be loved by a God who is personal. How can I keep that to myself? The point is…get a dog.
Ha! No, but do listen for those who are searching for meaning beyond the cocktail parties. You are not called to convert people but to plant seeds and pray that they grow. Does this little story remind you of someone? If so, pray specifically for them this week. Or, maybe you are the one pretending in the pews? May the God of love make himself known to you.
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” C.S. Lewis
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
“Epignosis is a Greek word for knowledge. This type of knowledge implies a larger more thorough and intimate knowledge. Not simply knowing intellectually but understanding and believing what you know in a personal way.” Sharon Jaynes; Author of “Take Hold of the Faith you long for.”