I’ve known a handful of people I’d easily classify as space cadets. People who don’t seem to understand how the world turns. It’s not because they choose to go against how the world works, but they seem to operate in their own little world inside their head – oblivious to everything swirling around them.
They are interesting people to hang out, albeit frustrating at times. Recently one such friend has come back into my life after a 2 year absence, as he picked up a job in my town. He tends to hang around for hours on end at our place, and at times I find myself annoyed, especially lately as my wife and I have barely had a spare moment alone and his presence made that amount of time ever rarer.
As cheesy as it sounds, lately I have to remember he could be Jesus in disguise. If I were Jesus and I wanted to come to earth to see how my people would treat me, I’d for sure take on the skin of my friend. No one would ever see me coming – being a crazy-haired 20-something who seemingly aimlessly and hap-hazardly stumbles around life.
Alright so I’m still pretty confident that my friend isn’t God, not even an angel, but it’s still a good reminder. I truly think I can judge or measure my faith by how I treat people. Because really, that’s what it’s all about – what it all comes down to is the way I love (or don’t love) those around me. And of course we’re not just speaking of those we choose to surround ourselves with, but those we come into contact anyway despite our best efforts at avoidance.
It seems I need endless reminders that theology isn’t the best way to judge a faith, even though we offer up many litmus tests to see how those around us size up. Lots of people endorse other’s faith – saying their “sound”, or conversely we judge other’s faith because they seem to be loose in certain critical areas, and certainly these things do have an importance. Ultimately though, how we treat our peers suggests leagues more about our beliefs and our faith.
So in a way the whole idea of people being angels in disguise is a bit silly, but at the same time it’s something to keep in mind. You probably shouldn’t even kick dogs, just to be safe.