In North Dallas, there is a venue called, The Biblical Arts Museum. I visited this museum several years ago and found it very interesting. In the auditorium, there is a set of bleachers for the audience and on the wall is a 150 foot mural depicting the Four Gospels, including the episode up to and including the second chapter of Acts.
As the narrator tells the story from the time of the announcement of the birth of Jesus through the Day of Pentecost, a spotlight highlights that particular part of the mural. When the narrator gets to the passage in Acts “like the sound of a mighty wind!” you can feel a breeze from your right side as the sound of large fans filled the air. It is quite the experience!
“On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from Heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.” (Acts 2:1-4 )
Granted, those of us living today were not present on the Day of Pentecost but, as believers, we can have an experience that helps us to understand how things should work in our lives. Such as, how to communicate with others.
This is one of the things we find on the Day of Pentecost experience. For one, they were able to communicate with others. One of our greatest needs in life is to communicate in such ways that we are able to share the good things of life.
It is important to believe in order to begin the process of comprehending those things that are most important in your life. Communicating with each other with civility is the key to learning about each other.
It isn’t necessary to forsake your belief system in order to have good communication with someone who doesn’t believe the same way as you.
Maybe a good first step is to audit your own beliefs. How do you feel about what you say you believe in and how do you explain to others what it is that you subscribe to?
If you are unable to verbalize your beliefs, how well are you at being an example? If your behavior is rude and contemptible, chances are, you will not win anyone over to your belief system but, if you use good wisdom, manners, and decent behavior, others will see that.
Yes, B is for Believe. I choose to believe in God and the Bible. We all must believe in something. What do you believe in? Ask yourself if it really makes good sense and then works on explaining it to others. Remember, honey has more drawing power than vinegar.
This article was taken from the book, “FaithPoints A to Z” by Dr Michael Layne who serves as an Archbishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and is pastor of FaithPoints Lutheran Church in Greensburg, IN.