A friend of mine told me that her parish priest once asked this question in a homily:
“If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Great question. Ever since I heard it, I keep revisiting it, because really, if I’m a Christian, does my life demonstrate my love for Christ?
I thought about this question today when I opened up my wallet – not to give away money, though maybe I should be doing more of that. No, I thought about it because the light bounced off my little stainless steel cross, and the minute I saw it I thought about my dad.
My dad is an intelligent man. An engineer and former military officer. A man of principle. A man of faith. He can certainly explain his belief in Scripture, but for me, his quiet, reverent heart has always spoken most clearly to me about The Lord. And if he were accused of being a Christian, his life would turn up lots of convicting material, but hidden on his person would also be one thing in particular…
When I picture my dad stepping up to pay for something at a cash register, I see his gentle hands cupping three things: coins, a silver pocket knife, and a stainless steel cross.
That cross. It has always been there. It serves as an outward sign of the personal relationship he’s been ready to share – freely, as it was given to him. Over the years, he’s witnessed silently to countless clerks who saw that cross, one at a time, as he opened his hand to pay for groceries, meals, hardware, craft supplies, gifts, newspapers, sodas, and more. It’s evidence of a Christian that just keeps turning up, and for my dad – a reminder to himself that his God is Emmanuel – always with him.