I have to admit, there’s a whole lot about the Winter Olympics I just don’t understand. And I’m a sports guy! But, there are competitions and terms and activities underway in Pyeongchang I just can’t explain. (I heard one luge competitor described as “highly skilled.” Don’t you just lie on the sled?!) Take the curling competition, for instance. If you’re not familiar – like most of humanity – it’s the game which looks like giant shuffleboard on ice. It’s a game I’ve watched, tried to understand, and basically resorted to just making fun of. However, I watched the US mixed doubles team lose last night to the defending world champion Swiss team. The intensity was unreal! The teammates were yelling at each other, banging their broom-things on the ice, and just getting INTO it! It seemed so silly to me. I mean all of it – the rules and everything.
Until someone explained it to me.
In the middle of the competition, at a commercial break, the commentator explained the rules and some of the terms. The giant thing they slide, that’s the “rock.” The target is the “button.” It made more sense to me. I could understand their passion…at least a little better.
I wonder if that’s how people sometimes are with Christians. They see us living differently than most of the world, really (hopefully) into the life we live and the things we do. They aren’t sure why we do what we do and it’s so odd to them. So, often the reaction is to just make fun of us.
Until we explain it to them.
Jesus flat out says, in John 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (ESV). We are not going to be understood! But, we’re also told to explain ourselves to them. JB Phillips, in his translation, phrases Colossians 1:28, “So, naturally, we proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we
know about him.” People will wonder about us. They’ll wonder why we attend worship three times each week. They’ll wonder why we don’t see the movies they see. They’ll wonder about our joy and our confidence and our faith in a risen Savior.
So, explain it to them.