Last evening my nature club met at Willband Creek for a summer evening walk through this beautiful marsh-land park.

I missed the group, but met a really nice couple and had a great time of conversation with them, until my group finally emerged from the reeds.  My new friend, a zealous Christian, had read that Einstein was probably a Christian, which he thought was kind of,…. ‘one for our side’.

Sometimes people tell me that Charles Darwin, upon his death-bed, accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour.

And then there was the time the Christian world was ecstatic because Bob Dylan became a Christian.  I sure was, and promptly bought his record, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’,   which is still worth a listen.

Maybe the hard-core music promoters got hold of Dylan way too soon, and rather than allow this new convert to grow in his faith, they seized hold of a young man who should have been nurtured and protected from the people who saw him as the goose who would fill their baskets with golden eggs.

Whatever the reason, Bob Dylan burned out before very long, and would likely not call himself a Christian today.

Historically, the story of Charles Darwin’s end of life conversion appears to be wishful-thinking, or outright fabrication.

And while Albert Einstein was certainly ‘spiritual’,……(show me anyone who isn’t),….nothing in his writing would lead us to think Einstein was a Christian. We  all inhabit a spirit world, the world of God our creator and sustainer, but this is also now a fallen world, where Satan, the father of lies, roams about seeking humanity to destroy.

All thinking human-beings ponder eternal questions in the quiet of their souls. Clearly all of us are spiritual, not merely flesh and bones.  But not all of us are born-again, believers in the only Saviour of our souls.  All real Christians pray for the unsaved around them, and it would be wonderful for this present time and for all eternity if everyone had a life-giving relationship with God.  But they don’t, and wishful thinking won’t make it so. Not everyone will come to Jesus.

Maybe Christians feel like underdogs and get too excited about the conversion of big-name people, but it has rarely been the rich, famous and powerful who bow in humility before the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  It was common, uneducated men who turned the world upside-down after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

“For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;  therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”  – Letter to the Corinthians

15– Willband Creek, Abbotsford