The old adage of not judging a book by its cover is one we should all live by, especially when it comes to those who are active participants in their Christian faith. Christians come in all shapes and sizes, and are found in communities all around the world. Thanks to the good works of our brothers and sisters who actively spread the word of Jesus, there are now hundreds of cultures who have accepted the gospel and incorporate it into their everyday lives.
Closer to home, you will find that the most unlikely of your neighbors is also a practicing Christian who believes in the word and worships it the same way that you do.
A story was told by a parishioner recently about his surprising encounter with Christianity. Out with his family for breakfast at a local restaurant, a small group of motorcycle riders pulled into the parking lot. Seated at a table close by, the church member’s first reaction was to push his family to eat fast and get out of the restaurant.
As he was paying the bill and hurrying his daughter from her chair, she dropped her favorite doll. Before he had the chance to pick it up, one of the bikers reached down, grabbed it, and gently handed it back to his little girl. As he did so he kindly said, “my baby girl has a dolly just like this one, and I know it would break her heart to lose it”. As my parishioner looked to thank the man, the first thing he noticed was the gold chain around his neck. Hanging from it was the Christian cross. Trying to hide his surprise, he shook the man’s hand, thanked him and left with his family.
This brief encounter bothered my parishioner for days before he finally came to me. He was troubled by his un-Christian behavior of judging someone before giving them a chance. Having had many motorcycle enthusiasts, or bikers if you will, in my parishes over the years I had come to my own conclusion about their choice in lifestyle and how they worked that into their Christian beliefs. I explained my theory to the church member.
Riding a bike actually allows for more introspective thinking about your faith and life goals. I liken a biker having Christian faith to his use of a motorcycle helmet. While motorcycle helmets are worn to protect the brain from being damaged by his hobby, having faith in Christ protects his soul. This allows these bikers to enjoy the thrill of riding the open road, whether alone or in a gang, without giving into sinful temptations. We recommend getting your lid from HelmetAdvisor.com, they’ve helped us a great deal with research!
I believe that my parishioner was comforted by advice and finally able to forgive himself for the quick judgment. As he readied himself to leave, I shared with him one more anecdote that I had about my experience with Christian bike riders. When asking a biker his reasons for choosing this lifestyle I was told that “if they had Harleys’ 2,000 years ago, Jesus would have had one. That’s how enlightening riding a bike makes you feel”.…