This past week we were learning more about Paul, and how we need to tell others of Christ, and also, that we need to first know how we may defend what we believe to a now very resistant and argumentative generation. We also wondered why Paul, newly converted, was allowed, after three days, to go and preach the Gospel right away. The answer was that he already had the foundation of our faith from all of the Old Testament that he had to memorize when he was young. Three days was all it took for a man, used to thinking, to straighten out his knowledge of what he had thought was right to what he now realized was right, that the Messiah had come and all the ramifications of that. Our culture, today, is not as steeped in a firm foundation, and most people do not even know the true basis of Christianity and its effect on how we live. This was very obvious this past Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Lauren, Lizzy, Mary, and I all went in to Glasgow together and on our own; we decided to go to a museum that we thought would be informative and edifying as it was called St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art. We were so disappointed by this place that we were actually appalled at how bad it really was, both in accuracy and misrepresentation. The organization of the displays were not well done either, and honestly we all left feeling quite discouraged. This was supposed to, at least, give a fair representation of the different religions, (though we had assumed it would be on Christianity only, bad move on our part) and instead we found a place that was inaccurate. The whole place first led people through a display of several different artifacts that were supposed to be representations of the cultures, and in some cases, pictures of those important to the religion, but on a whole, it was very unsatisfactory, then it went on until coming to a room that was filled with six different displays of six different religions; Christianity, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and two others (I can’t remember their names).
The entire museum, while as a whole was disappointing, was quite a reminder of who we are as Christians, and what we need to be doing as people working to be like Christ and follow his example in how to live. It showed such a wrong description of what we represent that it made me personally realize that this was something we needed to do more, tell others about the One in whom we believe, what we believe about Him, and why we believe it.
However, all through the week we have been learning how to be people who know their purpose and drive after it with all earnestness, and that is very important. We don’t want to be individuals who, having just come to know our Savior, rush out and try to tell others about him just to be asked questions they do not know the answer to and thus start to break down their newfound faith because they did not stop to learn all that they need to know to defend it properly. We need to first learn how to defend it and what we fully believe. That is what we are doing as we learn over here, and when we go back home, we will continue to learn how to do that in the various jobs that we are learning at Geneva. I praise God so often that I was born into the family I am in, and that I am allowed by God’s Holy Spirit and Son, to be his daughter! And so we are reminded that our God reigns over all, and his mercy endures forever!
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalms 150:6 NASB