I (Nikki) was once challenged with this question: If someone were to remove all the things you say about your faith and the overtly religious things you do (attend church, pray, and so on) would there be enough evidence in your lifestyle to convict you in court that you are a Christian?
I thought about that. I looked at my budget and my receipts to see how I spent my money. I looked at my calendar and removed items like “Bible study” and wondered if my faith affected how I spent my time and with whom I met. Is there something in there that is so unusual that the only explanation for the evidence is “She must be a Christian”? A picture of the radical community of the early church in Acts became a model for my group of friends in college. Could we also be so committed to God’s people that it would affect our daily life, how we used our possessions, and who we hung out with?
I still think about that challenge when I make major life decisions. Do my choices in my career, living situations, finances, and relationships make logical sense apart from God? Or are there some truly risky things, like radical acts of love or sacrifice, that could only point to the existence of a God who is present and working in our world today?
Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto is senior director of biblical justice integration and mobilization at International Justice Mission (IJM). She previously served as program director for InterVarsity’s Urbana Student Missions Conference. Abraham George is director of international church mobilization at IJM. Before joining IJM, Abraham was a pastor and a theology lecturer in India. They are the coauthors of God of Justice. Taken from God of Justice by Abraham George and Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto. Copyright © 2015 International Justice Mission. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA. www.ivpress.com.
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