Do you agree with Alexander Pope’s famous words : ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ ?
We can get ourselves into difficulty when we have a little learning about something, but not the complete facts..
I once counselled a lovely young woman who found herself pregnant and unmarried in her senior year of High School.
As we talked, and developed rapport, I asked her how she felt about her situation in becoming a mother.
Her answer surprised me.
She said that she was happy and proud, and she felt that God must be pleased with her.
She knew about Jesus, and his teenage, unwed mother , Mary.
She had concluded that since God had chosen Mary as Christ’s mother, then surely God was proud of her for becoming a single mother too.
Her beliefs made me aware of how parts of the Bible, and indeed the message of Christianity can be easily misunderstood.
In Western Society, which is becoming increasingly pagan, many people have misconceptions about the Bible and the good news of salvation.
Christians are too often seen as legalistic and judgmental. We are sometimes thought of as narrow-minded, and old-fashioned. This is obviously not the case. Jesus came so that we could enjoy an abundant life, and He opened the door for humans to develop a personal relationship with God.
At the time, I didn’t explain to the young woman that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps I should have.
I didn’t want to come across as judgmental and harsh, but I think I missed my chance to accurately explain the Good News of the Gospel.
I hope though, that other Christians came into her life to guide her, and mentor her in her growth as a follower of Christ.
God asks us to always ‘expect the unexpected’ and to be ready to share our faith with those who ask us for the reason for our hope. Opportunities to evangelize may arise when we least expect them.
Let us pray that God will give us increasing opportunities to share our faith and our trust in our Lord.
The young woman kept her precious baby, a daughter, and raised her with the support of her parents.
I continue my work with the Pro-life Movement, or, as I prefer to call it, the LIFE Movement.
The photo is courtesy of Peter Oslanec on Unsplash