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My teen-age son had been bugging me for a motor bike. After putting him off for a while, one day I thought, Why not? He seems responsible enough. So we started shopping. Then we saw the ad for a bike in our local newspaper, and drove out to look it over.

The owner was a friendly guy, and the bike looked good. I asked the owner if he knew of any problem with the bike. He said he was a Christian, and that the bike was in good condition. So, after my son, Rich, had taken it for a short spin around the block, I wrote the man a check, and we left with the bike and one happy teenager.

We soon learned that the motor bike was not okay. When the repair shop checked it out, they found it had major transmission problems. When I called the guy we had bought it from, he made it very clear that we had bought it “as is,’ and that no way would he take it back. I told him, “I thought you said you were a Christian!” His reply: “I am a Christian, but business is business.” His exact words.

Miss It

Someone has said, “If you can have religion and not know it, you could lose it and never miss it.” It seems that some Christians have lost it. And those who do business with them are the ones who miss it.

The Bible says, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept…If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand” (Matthew 5:14, 15).

Our world needs shining Christians—not closet Christians. What kind of Christian are you?

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