by | Jun 12, 1997 | Inviting Jesus

“Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.” – King Agrippa (Acts 26:28)

When Mahatma Gandhi was attending university in London, he became almost convinced of the validity of Christianity, seeing it as possibly the one true supernatural religion. After graduation, he continued to seek evidence that would persuade him to become a committed Christian. When he accepted employment in East Africa, and lived with a family who were members of an evangelical Christian church, he believed this would be his greatest source of evidence for the Christian faith.

Gandhi lived with this family for seven months, but after seeing their causal attitude towards God, hearing them complain about making sacrifices for Christ, and becoming acutely aware of their religious apathy, he became disillusioned.

“No,” he concluded, “Christianity is not the one true, supernatural religion I had hoped to find. A good religion, but just one more of the many religions in the world.” While the circumstances were vastly different between King Agrippa who heard Paul’s testimony and rejected it, Gandhi, too, was almost persuaded to become a Christian not because of a good testimony, but because of a Christian’s poor one. May God grant that that may never be true of you and me.

By Dick Innes, Daily Encounter . Used by permission.