CHURCH ON A CAMEL
A non-believer in Somalia described Christianity as a religion where people pray once a week inside a special building, with one man standing in front talking to God and everyone else hanging their heads and looking like they are asleep. He concluded with, “When you can put your church on the back of a camel, then I will think that Christianity is meant for us Somalis.”
This is certainly a warped viewpoint of Christianity. Nevertheless, that is his observation and that is the truth as far as he is concerned.
In one of the states of the former Soviet Union, a woman became a Christian. Her husband was so angry that he set about to kill her with a knife. He had heard that Christians sometimes killed and ate their own children in their services and his wife was not going to be a part of that. The Lord intervened, for twice when he lifted the knife up he heard a voice, “Don’t touch her!” Later, he attended a worship service with his wife, intending to shoot the Christians who talked to his wife, but was amazed at the care and concern the Christians displayed toward one another. He became a believer himself.
Where did he get such a bizarre concept of Christianity? This was in the 1990s!
As Christians, we must demonstrate as well as declare the message of Jesus Christ. We must not be asleep in our church but put our “church on the back of a camel.” We must take Jesus to where people are living whether it is on the back of a camel or the inside of a coal mine. I am convinced that most people are practical atheists. They can accept the idea that God exists but is really irrelevant to their daily lives. What can we do to change that?
Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8:32). The truth will let the Somalis know that Christ is for them. The truth set the man who wanted to kill his Christian wife free from his misconceptions so he became a Christian himself.
How will others ever know the truth of Jesus Christ? Only through you and me. The Somalian man sees all the Muslim men pray, wherever they are, five times a day. But he sees only one Christian pray in a building once a week. If he were around you, would he see anything different? At meal times do you bow your head in thanksgiving and prayer? Or are you too embarrassed to do that in public? What if the Somalian man was watching? Would he get a glimpse that all Christians pray? And they pray on other days than Sunday? And they pray in other places than in church?
Whether people live their daily lives on a camel or in a Mustang they need to know that God is involved in their lives and is there to guide, help, and bring them to Himself. Where will they learn this information? From you and from me. But we must be willing to give ourselves completely to Him — all day, every day.
Can you say with Paul, “I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live. Yet not I but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who love me, and gave Himself for me”? (Gal. 2:20)