by Frank King
The atheist meme depicts Star Trek’s Mr. Spock playing chess with this message: “Why can’t you checkmate a Christian? Because they’re all pawns.”
Dictionary.com has several definitions for “pawn”. The one that seems most relevant to this graphic is “someone who is used or manipulated to further another person’s purposes”.
Based on all this, I’m quite happy to report that the graphic is gloriously CORRECT.
Before I explain why, let me make one thing clear: every person on this planet is a pawn.
We are pawns of political parties, special interest groups, Hollywood stars, loved ones, sports “heroes”, big business, social media and almost anything else you can name.
So how is the graphic so thoroughly right? Because serious Christians WANT to be a pawn.
We want to be used or manipulated to further God’s agenda in a world that even optimistic people must admit isn’t doing well. His agenda starts and ends with restoring us to Him.
Even in the midst of this pandemic, most people still follow the agenda of our culture: Earn more money. Get more power. Buy bigger flat-screen TVs. Obsess about the lives of celebrities. Botox our way to better looks. Pamper ourselves with luxurious vacations.
Notice the common denominator? All these agenda items are about me-me-me.
Now consider God’s agenda:
- Love your enemies and pray for them.
- Do for others what you would have them do for you.
- Avoid judging others, because how you judge them is how God will judge you.
- Put others ahead of yourself, just as Jesus did when he was physically on earth.
- Show mercy to others and leave judgement to God.
- Help those in need.
- Live with a sense of thankfulness.
Notice the common denominator? God’s agenda items are about others. If we truly strived to live this way, our world would be a better place.
But how can we make this a priority when we so often do wrong and fail to do right? I have a radical, life-changing answer you can tell anyone who’s living without God: accept the gift of Jesus Christ.
Believe that Jesus died to wipe away the sins of everyone who follows Him. When people welcome Him into their hearts and minds, He starts changing lives – a project that can begin now and end when life here ends and then begins in Heaven.
Frank King’s views are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.
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