“What Would Christ Do?” A Parable “My best Friend,” by Marty Rodriguez
Growing up in New Jersey, my best friend was a somewhat short American-Indian kid named Zubin with a noticeable amount of acne. We would hang out everyday… I would spend countless weekends at his house.
If my mom wanted to know where I was, she’d just call Zubin’s mom. We were nothing alike… similarities were not the bonds of our friendship… goofiness, dirty jokes, and respect were. In all my life, I’ve never had a friend as close as Zubin.
That all changed when I went off to college and found Jesus… and dedicated my life to the Lord. I wanted everyone to have the same feeling of hope, joy, and salvation like I did. I didn’t have religion…I had a relationship and I wanted the world to know.
That summer I came home, I wanted to tell my best friend about Jesus, and how he could have a personal relationship with Jesus too. It didn’t go as well as I expected.
I remember the ministry warning me that some friendships could be a danger to your relationship with Jesus, so you’ll have to let certain friendships go in order to preserve your relationship with Jesus. As a christian, I was prepared to let them go, but I was determined to keep my friendship with Zubin. After all he was my best friend.
Halfway through the summer we got into a raging argument. We both said hurtful things that I regret now. That was about 9 years ago and we haven’t talked much since then.
Why was Zubin was so hostile to God? It took me years to realize why…..
Zubin was born with a rare deficiency in his body where his body didn’t produce enough potassium. So he was constantly sick when he was young. On top of that, the deficiency caused him to be shorter than most which hurt boys in middle school. He couldn’t play sports, especially because he had to have a tube implanted into his stomach.
It was only after Zubin took control of his life did his health start to improve. He took Brazilian Martial Arts to improve his health, but it did much more. It improved the quality & essence of his life and more importantly, his self-confidence. After a period of intense physical training he no longer needed his stomach tube or his medications. From Zubin’s perspective, he improved his life by himself, and without any help from heaven. Zubin had been on the brink of death several times and as far as he was concerned, it wasn’t God that got him through.
I never heard from him again.
I also have a Christian friend, Everett, who went into the Amazon rain forest to evangelize the natives about his personal relationship with Jesus. They asked him if “Jesus was tall or short… or if he was dark-skinned or fair like him?” He could only say, that he never actually met Jesus face-to-face and that in fact, nobody he knew ever met Jesus. That’s when he realized, he didn’t have personal relationship with Jesus and that he was only re-telling a story of a man that others told him. That’s when I realized that I was just doing the same thing.
Nine years ago I had to choose between my relationship with Christ or my best friend. I made the wrong choice, and I still regret that decision today. By M. Rodriguez
Comment by Brad:
Marty couldn’t understand why Zubin wouldn’t accept God’s salvation by the grace of Christ, so their lifetime friendship ended.
I’m fond of this phrase… When lost or depressed, ask yourself, “What would Christ do?”
Marty converted to Christianity, but remember, this is the “Roman Christianity” established by Rome in 325 AD, based on the Roman judgment/salvation theology that was never uttered by Jesus Christ 300 years earlier.
If you want to know what Christ would do, you have to go back earlier, when it was original “Jewish Christianity.” What was He teaching? He was proclaiming that God simply loved us, and that He just asked us to love and help one another. If brotherly love was Christ’s highest priority, in terms of the friendship between Marty and Zubin, “What would Christ say?” You got it! Christ would want Marty to choose his lifetime friendship!
Choose wisely…Choose the plain wooden cup, not the golden chalice!