My wife and I were garage-selling the other Saturday. We go every Saturday. She sees it as part of her sanctification, a spiritual discipline, so to speak. Her love language is GIVING — so she buys things (at crazy-low prices) and gives them away to people in need. Sometimes I’m that person in need — and I get a new polo shirt, a novel I’ve been wanting to read, or a 1000-piece toy for one of the grandkids (that I get to assemble).
Anyway, we went to this one house and met the nicest family. While Linda was looking over their kids’ clothes, I was talking to one of the young men about the upcoming USC/Clemson football game. He said he was going to watch it. I said my wife would let me watch it after I got down all the Christmas decorations from the attic.
The Mom of the family then said, “We don’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Jesus every day.” When she went inside, I asked the young man, “Are all your family members Jehovah’s Witnesses?” He said yes. I asked him if he had been baptized. And he said he had.
Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or birthdays. He and I talked a bit more while my wife was finishing up her shopping. We laughed about some things, then, as we were leaving, I said, “I’d rather watch the game with you all — at least I wouldn’t have to put up all those Christmas decorations!”
They laughed and we went on our way. This might not seem an interesting story to you, but I didn’t argue with them about their denial of the deity of Jesus or their wrong theology about salvation, or their refusal to celebrate holidays. I just tried to be kind and nice and, well, human. I felt the Lord was pleased with how I conducted myself.
Several Lessons I learned:
1. Being nice and civil and interested in others might do far more good than we Christians think. Of course, I would have loved to have shared the gospel with that family!
2. Allowing that Jehovah’s Witness family to see a couple of Evangelical Christians having fun and sharing some laughter might encourage them to reconsider their beliefs.
3. It is always right to be kind to others — especially if you know that what they believe and what you believe are worlds apart!