The Good News about the bad news is that people say they go to church more than they really do, according to recent research. That’s right, people lie about how much they go to church. The other night Jimmy Fallon told a joke about a man who was arrested for stealing a Bible from a bookstore. When the man was arrested the police officer said, “Don’t you know the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not steal?” and the man said, “Don’t give away the plot before I read the book!”
Yes, friends, truth is stranger than fiction. But there is some good news in perhaps both of these items. If people say they go to church more than they do, then it must mean they think it important to go even if they do not. If the man would steal the Bible it must have been because he wanted the Bible (and clearly he needed to read it).
OK, so here is my idea. Make it your goal to find one of those people who said they went to church more than they did and invite them. Who knows, you might just make an honest man or woman out of them. Find someone who doesn’t have a Bible and give that person a Bible. Who knows, you might be preventing a theft. You might even be saving a life.