Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”—Matthew 28:18-20
In 1883 in Allentown, New Jersey, a wooden Indian – the kind you’d see in front of a cigar shop – was placed on the ballot for Justice of the Peace under the fictitious name of Abner Robbins. When the ballots were counted, Abner won over the incumbent by seven votes.
Similarly in 1938, the name Boston Curtis appeared on the ballot for a Republican Precinct Committeeman position in Wilton, Washington. Boston Curtis, however, was a mule, sponsored by the town mayor to demonstrate how little people knew about the candidates. The mayor’s point was proven when the mule won!
In much the same way, many people say they know what they believe spiritually, even casting their “votes” by attending worship services. Yet, among those who attend those services, there is often a very real lack of understanding about some of the fundamental aspects of their faith.
What’s deeply needed among Christians today is a renewed commitment to becoming disciples, rather than church-goers. So get into God’s Word, explore biblical resources, and learn more about what you believe. When you immerse yourself in God’s teachings, you’ll help combat spiritual ignorance!
Ask God to help you be a disciple of Jesus Christ and have the discipline to understand the fundamental aspects of your faith.
Questions for thought
Think of one person whom you regard as well-versed in biblical knowledge. What did he or she do to reach that level?
Who are some people to whom you can reach out and ask for help in understanding better what you believe?