If you are a life-long Clemson fan who bleeds orange, what would it take for you to become a die-hard, crow at every touchdown, South Carolina Gamecock fan?
If you are a staunch Republican, who believes in small government, low taxes, de-regulation, and individual freedom, what would it take for you to become a big government, tax the wealthy, regulate business, and protect the environment liberal Democrat?
If you are passionate about the Second Amendment, own 183 guns, four gun safes, and load your own ammunition, what would it take for you to become an enforce the waiting period for purchase, ban assault weapons, buy back the handguns, anti-gun advocate?
If you grew up on a ranch, love the open range, think filet mignon is what we will eat in heaven, cowboy, what would it take for you to become a vegan, anti-ranching, card carrying PETA member?
If you grew up a staunchly Jewish, committed yourself to become a man of righteousness, were meticulous about keeping every rule and law given by God, sat at the feet of the famous rabbinic scholars of your day, were given an opportunity by the people you admire to make your name by persecuting people who you were convinced were heretics, what would it take for you to turn your back on everything you ever understood about God, your culture, your teachers, your career opportunities, your definition of what it meant to be a ‘good person,’ follower of Jesus, who you thought was a heretic?
This is the story of Paul. One day on a road to Damascus (yes, the same one in the news today), he saw Jesus. When he realized Jesus was alive, not dead, Paul’s world fell apart. Everything changed. He believed in the one he once was convinced was the enemy.
Paul must have known that his old friends would think he had gone crazy. He must have known that some would be so angry, they would try to kill him. He must have known that his old heroes would now speak his name with contempt.
None of that mattered. All that mattered was Jesus.
Paul changed his mind. Paul changed his life. Paul changed his eternity.
I don’t think any sane person would make a change like that for a myth. I don’t think anyone would change their mind like Paul did just so they could perpetuate some interesting teachings.
In fact, I’m pretty sure the only thing that would ever convince me to change my mind like Paul did would be a clear call from God.
Which is exactly what God gave Paul. It is exactly what God offers you – a clear call to change your mind, and decide to follow Jesus.