I stood outside the Commons at school a few nights ago talking with a good friend, and something that he said lodged itself firmly in the front of my mind. “There are too many grumpy Christians,” he told me grimly. That simple idea stayed with me all throughout the week. I had to wonder, if a fellow believer sees grumpiness in the Christians around him, what does everyone else think? If you were to ask a random man on the street what he thinks of Christians, would he give an answer similar to my friend’s observation?
While I’ve heard that men’s brains are compartmentalized, like waffles or some such thing, mine is more like a bowl of soup. All of my thoughts and ideas and memories float around with the current, which means that most of them are going to bump against each other at some point. That’s exactly what happened after I talked to my friend. The idea of Christian grumpiness bumped against all those episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic I watched last weekend (see last Saturday’s post) and a new thought came to me.
We need more Pinkie Pie Christians.
That statement makes no sense out of context, so allow me to explain. Pinkie Pie is one of the characters from MLP:FiM, and her main characteristic is her friendliness. She’s outgoing, energetic, and indomitably cheerful, but the point I really want to get at is that she lives to make people feel welcome. When Twilight (the main character) first arrives in town, Pinkie Pie takes one look at her, realizes that she’s new, and dashes off to put together a surprise welcoming party. She can’t stand the thought of not celebrating the arrival of the new kid in town. If you looked in the Thesaurus for “grumpy”, the antonyms section would be a picture of Pinkie Pie.
I’m not suggesting that every Christian needs to be bouncy and excited and ridiculously outgoing all the time. I’m not trying to tell you that you should change your personality or just fake a smile for the rest of your life. What I am saying is that we as Christians need to be willing to think of others before we think of ourselves. When’s the last time that you took notice of someone new, someone out of place, someone lonely? When’s the last time that you went out of your way to welcome someone in, whether it be into your church, your school, your work, or your life? Everyone needs friends, but in our self-centered world we’re all more concerned with staying comfortable and celebrating ourselves than with reaching out and making others feel comfortable and welcomed instead. Imagine what God could do with a few more men and women who made the choice to step up and fill that fundamental need in the lives of those around them. Imagine what a few warm, friendly, inviting, loving believers could accomplish in showing off the immeasurably greater love of our Savior . We need more Pinkie Pie Christians. Are you willing to be one?