Not an Opium

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20: 27- 28

For those who think that Christianity is purely spiritual and has nothing to do with the real world, this verse is a dare. A dare for you to feel God with your human senses. A dare for you to find truth in the natural world.

Christianity is not the sentimental feeling you get when you walk inside a church building with high ceilings and cold pews. It’s not the teardrops you shed when you watch a breath-taking sunset or look at the innocence of a newborn baby. It is not an opium to sedate you through life.

Christianity is real stuff in a real world. It collides with fear and hatred. It clashes with immorality and shame. It destroys anger and teaches grace to forgive a wayward son, a convicted criminal and a town prostitute.

Psalms 34: 8 encourages us to “taste and see that the Lord is good…” David was not being poetic. He was merely describing the fact that God is God of the real world too.

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