But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ » (Matthew 16:15).
The video store brimmed with Saturday-night renters as my wife and I elbowed our way in. We were looking for a little entertainment to add to our evening fun.
My wife enjoys romantic stories in which two deserving people find each other, fall in love, and live happily ever after. I, on the other hand, want car chases, heart-stopping mysteries, and adventures filled with thrills and excitement. She’s an Anne-of-Green-Gables type and I’m a good-guy-meets-bad-guy-and-good-guy-wins type. Of course, we’re always careful to choose videos with the least amount of bad language and promiscuity. It greatly limits our choices, which means we search longer than most.
When we finally made our selections, we took the little tickets to the counter. After the clerk, who also happened to be the store-owner, found our tapes and accepted our money, he handed the bag to us with these words: «You folks have been in here before, and I just have to say that you have the best taste in videos of any of my customers.» Then he made several suggestions for future viewing, each right in line with our personal checklist of what constitutes acceptable Christian entertainment.
Young people, like it or not, the world is watching you. They see what you do, listen to how you speak, and observe your reactions. As a Christian it’s your privilege to reflect Jesus to those who don’t know Him. What is your answer to Jesus when He asks you, «Who do you say I am?»