A guy with a drug problem.

August 21, 2011 under Unlikely Christian
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Dear guy who sat near me in church this morning,

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I would like to talk to you about your drug problem.  Yes I could tell.  It was that obvious…….that somebody drug you to church today against your will.  I don’t know if you did it to appease somebody, maybe you lost a bet or maybe you just want to shut that person up who keeps inviting you to church. 

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Whatever the reason, I know you weren’t there of your own accord.  And I could tell by your body language that you had the ‘one and done’ mindset.  “Fine, I’ll go just this once to prove I don’t like it and that’s it!  I’m done after today!”  You were completely closed off to the whole thing.

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Let me just say that I feel your pain.  I’ve been that guy.  In fact I’ve recently been that guy.  Arms crossed, slouching in my chair, definitely not going to tap my feet to that music, not even going to bow my head or close my eyes during the prayer since that doesn’t apply to me.  Yep, I’ve been that guy.

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I didn’t go to church.  I wanted nothing to do to with church but my wife and kids went.  Once a year the kids went to Vacation Bible School and at the end of the week they put on a program.  So once a year I had a drug problem.  I felt pressured into going to this program, which in my opinion was nothing more that just a see-thru guise to get me to go to church so others could be overly friendly to me and ask me about my non-existent relationship with Jesus.

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My dislike for church even made me miss my daughter’s Baptism.  Yep.  I waited until the last possible minute to go and got there in time to see her drying off.  I felt pretty bad about that but even so, found the exit as quickly as possible.

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So yeah I’ve had that same drug problem that ailed you this morning.

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I can’t really tell you why I had such a problem with Jesus.  He’d certainly never done anything bad to me.  Some religious nut-jobs annoyed me from time to time but I didn’t really have a good reason for being so vehemently against church, Jesus etc…..  I just felt like I didn’t need it and was tired of people telling me I did.

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Maybe it’s a guy thing.  Showing a need is a sign of weakness.  Surrender?  Not an option for a real man.  Asking for help?  Might as well start carrying a purse.  Asking Jesus to come into my heart?  What?  Do I look like a guy that keeps a bunch of stuffed animals on my bed?

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I’m a MAN, not some sissy that cries while watching SPCA Commercials.

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In fact, you tell Jesus that He can get behind ME because I got this!  I certainly don’t need any help from some invisible guy that may or may not exist!  There’s plenty of other weak minded guys out there that have a great Sunday wardrobe just waiting to be worn.  Go bug them!

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That was me.

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That WAS me.

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Now I know differently.

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Yep.  Now I’m an Unlikely Christian.

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And guess what?  My Man Card wasn’t revoked.

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Am I less of a man now that I gave my life to Christ?  Well come on over, try to take my Man Card away and find out!  Wait…..first, how big a boy are you? 

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Seriously, am I less of a man for giving my life to Christ?  I would argue that I’m more of a man.  I think it takes a real man to admit he’s wrong.  I think it takes a real man to ask for help.  I think it takes a real man to realize he can’t do life alone, wasn’t meant to do life alone.  I think it takes a real man to stand up and do what’s right, even if it causes his bros to look at him differently.  Because really isn’t that all your unwillingness to give God a try is?  You don’t want to be perceived by yourself or others as being needy or weak.  Either that or it’s your own stubbornness, your own, “I got this” attitude. 

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Here’s the deal though.  You don’t “got this.”  You weren’t built to do it all by yourself. 

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That’s hard for some of us to admit but it’s true.  It’s so much easier to hide behind that macho façade so that’s what we do.  Yeah I know I dug up macho from the 1980’s but you know what I mean.  Really for so many that’s exactly what’s going on – hiding.  Is that what real men do? 

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So let me just ask you – man to man, why not give God a try?  What’s keeping you from, in the privacy of your own home if you want, trying out this God thing?  Ask Him to help you, guide you, lead you.  Take Him for a test drive.  Seriously what would keep you from that?  Nobody needs to know.  Just you and Him.  What are the negatives to giving it a try?  Hey I’ve already outed you, so don’t even try to fall back on those ‘Lone Wolf, Macho Man’ excuses.

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Look, I’m a former Macho Lone Wolf.  I speak your language, I know your secret handshakes and I’m telling you there is something to this God thing.

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But deep down inside you already know that don’t you?

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Come on man. 

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Nobody’s coming for your Man Card. 

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Kick the tires.

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See what happens.

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