Every once in a while a great book comes along that explains, in simplistic terms, difficult questions. In Jack Levison’s case, the question posed to him by his young child went something like this… “Why are some Christians so mean and other non-Christians so nice” (when Christians are supposed to have the Holy Spirit and non-Christians aren’t supposed to have the Spirit).
The truth is, we’ve all met mean, ornery Christians before (we may have even been slightly mean, ornery Christians at one time or another). Jack’s answer is an answer that perhaps we all know but give little thought to: the Holy Spirit is the “breath of life” and so everyone has the Spirit. Jack reminds us that some people respond to the Spirit and some people don’t. Christians can live life without “cultivating” the wisdom of the Spirit, and non-Christians just might cultivate kindness and gentleness without giving the Spirit much thought at all. Since God is love, everyone has the ability to tap into this aspect of God–thanks to the Holy Spirit, who works in and through all things.
This simple (and biblical) explanation is a great reminder for us Christians, in case we begin to think ourselves as God’s only true children. Jack’s book brings to remembrance that we all are God’s children–the Spirit is for us because the Spirit created us.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created….
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ps 104:29–30). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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