May 6

Written by Bill Grandi on May 6th, 2021

How often have you wished your troubles would go away? How many times have you (and I) said, “Oh, I’m so tired of this mess. I just wish it would all be right. For once.” More than I care to admit.

I’m in the process of reading Surviving Religion 101 by Michael J. Kruger. It is written in the style of a father writing to his daughter at college. (His real life daughter was just beginning her freshman year at UNC in Charlotte).¬† So the format fits perfectly.

His first chapter address the question: will I survive? I started reading this book because I see and hear and read of so many who are deconstructing their faith, especially those who go off to college. In this first chapter he said something which was so spot on, so insightful, it impacted me enough to write his post. Opposition to our faith comes in various ways. Kruger writes about the effect/importance of/response to opposition.

Here is some of what he wrote:

“In short, opposition¬† made the early Christians better theologians (My note: he had referenced the Gnostics), better defenders of the faith, and better evangelists.”

“But opposition to your faith will change you in another way. In addition to sharpening your mind, it will hone your character.”

And finally: “Don’t view opposition only in negative terms; view it as an opportunity to grow as a Christian, so that you might be better equipped to build up your fellow believers and reach non-Christians more effectively.”

Nothing wasted. No wasted opportunity to learn. To share. To grow. I believe that is God’s modus operandi.

So…let me ask you: how do you view opposition in your life?

“Father, help me to view opposition not as a negative, but as a positive influence in my life.”

{Note: All quotes are from page 35}


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Interesting take on opposition. Most of the time I would say I think as opposition as either a barrier to knock down or a reason to not proceed. The problem with each is on one hand you leave a path of destruction and on the other hand you suffer defeat. I like the idea of viewing opposition as an opportunity to grow, share, learn, etc. Interestingly a 3rd option can generally be formed… put in a gate.

    Ryan S.

  2. I love how this author has put such a positive spin on those times we face opposition, Bill. It should make us define better who we are as Christians, and be able to communicate the reason for our faith to others.