was deep in a conversation with a close friend who, politically, sits on the opposite side of the aisle from me. I know, it’s disturbing. We were discussing our thoughts on the best way to “re-open” the country and I was astounded at how he could be so terribly wrong about… well, everything.
We were both digging in our heels when I recalled the Asimov quote above and used it with great aplomb. There was a long pause as he stared at me as if I had lost even more of my mind. Then slowly, a smile started to form. His smile turned into a laugh, which made me laugh. The next thing I knew, he had reached over, pulled me in for a big bear hug, slapped me on the back and said, “touché!” We changed the subject to something less controversial — like who was the best NFL quarterback ever — and went on enjoying some time together. (Please don’t report our social distancing rule breaking.)
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed I don’t always agree with some people — even Christians.
I’ve even noticed I don’t always get along with some people — even Christians. I’ve even wondered how it could be possible that I’ll be spending an eternity with some people. Then I remember that to some people, I’m the “some people” they’re wondering about.
So let me tell you about “some people.”
Last month from April 15 to 30, we offered our very diverse LOGOI family in Latin America the opportunity to get a free FLET Bible course. Our Bible courses only cost $15, but to many we serve (in Cuba for example), that’s more than half a month’s salary. Add the tremendous additional financial troubles caused by the pandemic to those in third world contexts and $15 for many is truly impossible.
Our LOGOI Bible courses are not simple. They take study, work and time and you have to pass an exam. So even though our two-week offer was for one “free” course, those signing up well understand their commitment in time and study. 840 signed up!
Those 840 come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Some are Baptists. Some are not. Some grew up with comfort and safety. Others did not. Some are conservative in their politics. Some are not. Some have walked with Christ a long time. Others have not. Some you’d probably really enjoy getting to know over a cup of coffee. Others you may not. But each one is wonderfully and uniquely placed right where God wants him or her. Just like you and just like me.
“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us” (Colossians 3:11).
So I invite you to invest in the life of one or more of these 840 Bible students. In faith, we have effectively given each one a $15 scholarship for a free LOGOI Bible course. This was not in our 2020 budget or plans. But it is now, and gives us the opportunity “to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
As the Lord enables and encourages you, we ask for your help in providing a $15 scholarship to one or more (how about a dozen?) of these 840 diverse and uniquely placed men and women. It’s fun to imagine how God will use each one to accomplish His purpose.
Isn’t it great to know that God, who does know everything, is not annoyed by those of us who think we do.