Now that I have lived on this earth for a long time and been a Christian for most of my life, I look back on all the people I have known over the years. One nagging thought that I used to have is, “Why are many non-Christians nicer to have around?” And nooooo, the answer is not, “Sin is more fun!”
I really had to give this question a lot of thought and I believe I have come up with the answer. It starts with 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
“Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”
Non-Christians have the luxury to just be themselves. Many are kind and fun individuals. Whereas many Christians forget that they need to adapt to who they are with so that a common bond can be established first. Later they can allow the love of Jesus Christ to be manifested through them which can eventually lead their new found friend to accepting Jesus as the Lord of their life.
Paul refers to this process in the bible as ‘becoming a slave’. I like to refer to it as ‘becoming a chameleon’ as an illustrated example. A chameleon is a remarkable creature that can change its color on the outside to blend in with its surroundings. What is incredible about this feat is that it does not have to transform any of its internal make-up. Only it’s outside visible appearance changes.
It needs to be the same exact way with us as Christians. We do not have to compromise any of our values. All we need to do is expound the energy and make the effort to find what makes someone tick then formulate a way to connect. Yes it will take a little work on our part, but it will be well worth it!
If you are not a Christian Chameleon yet, make the effort to become one soon.