When I was a Jehovah’s Witness I spent time knocking on doors. Admittedly as little time as I could get away with, but some of it was inevitable. Most people rejected me. Some did so politely, and some with a slammed door. Having someone shout at you was almost a badge of honour, ‘suffering’ for the Kingdom of God.
One day I remember a gentle woman fair haired woman answered the door. She was a Christian of the most genuine kind, although of course I didn’t know it at the time, She was a sower of seeds, even with someone like me.
After I’d gone through my pitch she said “would you mind if I asked you a question?”.
“Of course not” I replied, “That’s what I’m here for”.
She looked me in the eye. “What would you do if God told you something that contradicted with something in the bible?”.
My answer was hubris of the worst kind, the blasphemy of the ignorant and closed minded. I smiled and said, “That could never happen”.
“Oh”, she said, “but what if it did? After all, everything is possible with God, isn’t it? Or are you saying that some things are impossible for God?”.
“It’s impossible for God to lie”, I said. “And it says in God’s word that every scripture is inspired of God”. I thumbed through my bible to show her the very scripture. “See, second Timothy chapter three verse sixteen”.
She smiled gently at me. It didn’t seem to matter to her at all that I’d won the argument, that the triumph was mine, that I was right and she was wrong. There was no defeat there at all.
“I’m sorry”, she said, “I can’t stand around and talk all day, as pleasant as this is. But thank you for calling.”
I made a note on my service sheet to call back sometime, maybe with a magazine or two.
It felt good to have been listened to. It felt good to have been able to tell her the truth, to put her right.
The oddest thing is that it wasn’t long after this encounter that God told me something that conflicted with what I’d learned from scripture. And I was so very, very happy. And I didn’t mind being wrong in the least. Who’d have thought it?
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, she will guide you into all the truth; for she will not speak on her own, but will speak whatever she hears, and will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:12-13