Thanks to the Doctor Demento Show, I came to love this hilarious song. It's about a man who finds a big box floating in the bay and retrieves it. He becomes excited at his find and races into town with it. But when he shows the contents off, nobody wants anything to do with him and his thing.
Listen to the song here.
Becoming a Christian is something like this song. When a person gives their life to Christ, joy and excitement fills that soul's heart. It was like that with me when I gave the Lord control of my life.
And like the man in the song, new believers excitedly tell their family and friends what happen. In some lands, this is dangerous. Converting from Islam is a death sentence. In many other countries, families reject the new believer and consider that person to be dead.
We in North America and the west are blessed that our family and friends don't take such a violent stand against our new-found faith. Even so, people stop being friends with that person and become distant to them.
This is why churches must make mentoring new believers a top priority. Without discipleship, the adverse reactions of family and friends can coax them back into their familiar old ways.
Mark 10-29-30 (BBE) explains about the new family and friends which the believers receive. "Jesus said, 'Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news, Who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land--though with great troubles; and, in the world to come, eternal life.'"
So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please leve me a comment. And may your weekend be fun and trouble free.
My next post will be about the mistaken idea of sincerity excusing people for their bad theology. Stay tuned!