What’s the difference? Nice people vs Christian people

When Pastor Miles McPherson was in college at the University of New Haven, he wasn’t a Christian. “I was not walking with God,” he said in his Sunday message.

His school hired a foreign track coach, and Miles found him to be different in a very refreshing way. They spent a lot of time together, and though Miles would eventually leave school after being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, he always remembered this coach fondly.

People are looking at you… and they just think you’re a nice person.

One day, after becoming a Christian, Miles returned to his alma mater and told his coach about his newfound faith. To Miles’ surprise, his coach said he too was a Christian. Not only that, his coach had been a Christian the entire time they had known each other!

Miles then asked his coach why he had never talked about being a Christian. His coach said, “I did, you just didn’t listen,” but Miles doesn’t remember that conversation ever taking place. “I think what he was meaning was ‘I lived it, and you should’ve seen it.'”

“That’s not good enough,” cautioned Miles. “People are looking at you… and they just think you’re a nice person.”

The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15 to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” If you are a Christian, tell people about it. It’s not good enough to just be a nice person.