I heard this story the other day. My wife’s church has ties with an organization that helps match international college students with local sponsor families to help with lodging and transportation when they first arrive in the country. Mostly the students are Chinese, and the organization’s goal is to minister to them, but their rules are very strict about how pushy they’re allowed to be.
One of these sponsor families asked their student if she was a Christian, and she said yes. Follow up questions revealed that she had no idea what Christianity was, and when pressed, she said her mom had told her that if she met any Christians, she should go ahead and say she’s also a Christian, because Christian’s are such nice and awesome people. Basically, this was told in the context of a feel-good, let’s all pat ourselves on the back sort of way. I :dubious:
I pointed out that Christians don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to treating non-Christians with respect, so maybe the mom didn’t want her to get persecuted. I also pointed out that it seemed strange that the mom would instruct her daughter to lie, when her lie was exposed by a simple question like, “Do you know who Jesus is?” You’d think if you were training someone to fake it, you might at least cover the basics.
This is assuming that the story wasn’t made up altogether, or simply a combination of a language barrier and a healthy dollop of delusion.
Anyway, is there any way this story was legit and I was being too harsh?