Everyone loves a good story.
A good story is what makes a good book, movie or video game. A good story is what gets politicians elected, business start-ups funded and people inspired.
Our life is a story. Every one of us tells a story by the way we live.
In the book of Revelation 12:11, it says that people overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.
The Greek word ‘testimony’ (martooreeah) can also be translated “true story”. In other words:
“They overcame by… the telling of their story.”
What story is your life telling?
In the acclaimed miniseries, “The People vs OJ Simpson”, all the evidence points to OJ being guilty. His defence team realise this and Head Lawyer Johnnie Cochran tells his team the following:
“Evidence doesn’t win the day. Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell a story. Our job is to tell that story better than the other side tells theirs.”
Spoiler Alert: OJ went free.
A century ago New Zealand was one of most religious places on the planet, with the great majority of New Zealanders believing in some form of Christianity. A hundred years later and half of all Kiwis don’t associate with any religious belief at all. That makes New Zealand one of the most secular countries in the world.
In past decades we relied on sheer numbers as Christians to sway popular opinion. Not anymore. If we, the church desire to maintain influence in a post-Christian world, we must tell our story better than others tell theirs.
Followers of Jesus are not perfect, but we are called to be authentic.
We must tell a better story.