Mahatma Gandhi

It is said that Gandhi kept the Old and New Testaments within easy reach of his sleeping place, and read from one of them daily.  He was once asked why he didn’t become a Christian.  He is said to have answered, “Because I never met one.”

When I read that, I couldn’t believe he would say something so stupid.  Of course he never met a perfect Christian!  Christ said he didn’t come for the perfect, but for “the lost sheep of Israel.”  He paid special attention to sinners like Zacheus, the tax collector, and the unnamed woman by Jacob’s Well.  I believe he came for me, too, and I am far from perfect.

Apparently Gandhi was among the imperfect.  I am sorry that shut him off from the joys of Christendom.

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