Friday, August 6, 2010

Is Your Faith a Hobby?

Where would you look for a Christian magazine at a secular bookstore?  It took me seven minutes to locate the issue I needed.

I looked through the magazine display that covered one whole wall. I perused current events, arts, and philosophy.  Hmmm! No religious magazines. I stood on tiptoe rifling through issues on the top shelf.  I crawled around on the floor checking the bottom row. Ahhh!

Found.  Bottom shelf - ankle level - between women's issues and crafts. It didn't even have a category sign. Yuck! Is that the world's image of Christianity? Some kind of hobby only of interest to women, like knitting or scrapbooking?

This revelation pierced my heart.

For the message about the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing 
but to us who are being saved 
it is the power of God. 
1 Corinthians 1:18

The news headlines read things like: War!  Poverty! Famine! Earthquakes! Turmoil!  Those were on the upper shelf. 

Top billing on the magazine racks went to self-improvement, home-improvement, and movie stars with messed up lives. 

The mish-mash of messages screaming from the shelves reflected the mish-mash of cries from around the globe. The answer to the world's problems was on the bottom shelf and could only be reached on your knees.  I didn't like the lack of prominence for the Christian magazine but perhaps the approach - on your knees - was right on.

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  1. Your last line says it all...well worded.

  2. To be on our knees to lead them to read the Book of life and worship the Author and Founder, Jesus!

  3. I like your last line also! Have a blessed weekend.

  4. it's sad that Christianity isn't seen as the answer...Because it really is the best answer...the way to real freedom and hope.

  5. Wow. You are lucky to have found one at all. Very sad statement about our society.

  6. And that is where we all find Christ, on our knees, even if it is an attitude of the heart. Thanks.

  7. Perfect! Well said and so true about finding salvation on your knees.

  8. Very nice to meet you~~my first time to join Spiritual Sundays...
    Wow,I feel blessed to have a wonderful christian bookstore right on our church campus~~

    Kay Ellen

  9. Love your post a lot and your last line also!
    Sweet Blessings,

  10. Very interesting. Good words. Thank you.

  11. Great word and your last line says it all. On our knees is where we will find the answer we (this nation) is so badly in need of.

    Linda J

  12. This is a sad commentary of the state of our world.
    Have a great week.

  13. This makes me so sad, even angry! I am becoming more and more aware of all the people in this world that don't want the Lord or just don't even believe. I need to pray for these people.
    God Bless,

  14. Very well said! Have a great week!

  15. Excellent food for thought! And, CONGRATULATIONS on your coming grandbaby! How fun! :)


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