I appreciate Josh because he’s a thinker. One of my first sit-down talks with him was so he could present the idea of an apologetics debate club to me. What I also appreciate about Josh is that after I shot him down, he kept working at it because he really believed in his idea. It inspired me to believe in him. That’s why I asked him to write an article as another Junior Author for you all. So you can get to know him a little better, I asked him this question:
What makes you creative? ”I suppose my creativity comes from my long history of an epic imagination. Then, in high school, I had the chance to entertain my thoughts with philosophy and the idea(s) of God, while having an opportunity to learn how to channel my creativity into literature for the school newspaper.”
On The Clock
About a couple months ago I started my first job at a big restaurant as a Service Assistant, which is really just a fancy name for a busser. The place is colossal, with over 150 employees that also work there. Obviously, I still don’t know all of my co-workers by name, but that doesn’t stop anyone from utilizing me at work. Despite the massive crowd of nameless co-workers, one catches on pretty quickly to which of the employees are dedicated hard workers, and those that are not. It’s usually fairly easy to tell which employees are new, lazy, flaky, or incompetent. A lot of the time, the customers can tell too.
I’m not entirely sure what I expected at first, but I wasn’t expecting co-workers that go missing for 30 minutes at a time, team members that hide/eat/text while they’re on the clock, or employees that can only be identified as such by their uniform and name tag. The problem is priority. To keep everything running smoothly, my co-workers and I need to constantly keep moving and get things done. Otherwise, the slack is dumped on the employees that are doing what they were chosen and hired to do. But, I guess there’s not much of a point if our reward will end up being the same, whether diligence is present, or not, right? Apparently it doesn’t take a killer paycheck to motivate people to put a little dedication into their work.
We’re surrounded by a population of “Christians” that don’t seem to care that they can only be labeled as Christians by their “I Heart Jesus” wristbands.
For a few different cases, lack of effort isn’t even the problem! Some of my co-workers think they are stellar employees, when in fact the opposite is true. These are the hardest people to work with, mainly because they have no idea that they need improvement in many different areas. Plus, they never seek out ways to improve their work quality, or listen to anyone that tells them that they should, because they are caught in the delusion that they are fine. Then there’s the all star employees that are not only so good at their job that they have multiple pins on their shirt for special recognition, but they are also responsible for the good employees that work with us. Take my younger brother for example (a.k.a. the reason that I so easily got the job). He’s won 3 pins, he’s recommended multiple quality employees (and thoroughly trained them), knows the team member handbook very well, sometimes does a little work for free, and has managed to get promoted 3 times in only 6-8 months. Of course, everyone can’t be as great of an employee, but we can follow his example!
Is any of this starting to sound familiar yet? The church is filled with mediocre “employees” that are just in it for the reward, and aren’t interested in prioritizing their lives for the glory of God. We’re surrounded by a population of “Christians” that don’t seem to care that they can only be labeled as Christians by their “I Heart Jesus” wristbands. The worst part is that nobody is being fooled! The outside world can tell when we’re being fake. The number one excuse I see for refusing to believe in Christianity is the character of the “believers”! They’re not wrong. It’s the easiest excuse for non-believers to use, but it shouldn’t be. If we claim to believe in a loving, all-powerful, all-seeing, forgiving God that can renew our hearts to make us the same, shouldn’t we have the character to show it? To make things worse, people are walking away from God because they don’t want to be associated with such a group of people. Self interest is too big a problem, and we continue to pick and choose from God to make life the way we want it to look, just using God as a means of assurance for eternal life.
Why are we so hypocritical as to get frustrated with those who don’t believe in God, when we haven’t shown any character worthy of being used as evidence?
Think about it, why does everyone want to date, or get married, but too few people care enough to learn about real relationships? Why do we claim to know the truth, but fail to study anything about that truth? Why are we so hypocritical as to get frustrated with those who don’t believe in God, when we haven’t shown any character worthy of being used as evidence? How much longer are we going to use the excuse that God sees us as perfect, so it doesn’t matter if we mess up? The problem is priority. As soon as we can put God’s will above our own, we can begin to let God fix what we screwed up.
If there’s anything I pray you will take from this, it’s that you would not be like some of my co-workers that believe they are incredibly skilled and are exempt from the population that desperately needs change in their lives. If there’s any character trait that can change the entire image of Christianity, it’s humility. The simple act of recognizing that we are a helpless, fallen people is the difference between a renewed heart, and those that waste their time while they’re on the clock. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8