I started looking at the devotion book that St. John Lutheran will be using during Lent with many others around the country – The Red Letter Challenge. “Red letters” point to the words and teachings of Jesus, which in certain editions of the Bible are printed in red ink, in contrast to the black ink used for the rest of the Bible. In the introduction to this devotion, author Zach Zehnder asks the question, “Why is there no significant difference between the lives of those who call themselves Christians and the rest of the world?” I’ve heard that assertion before. Sometimes that statement seems true. Sometimes Christians don’t look any different than others. So the question can be asked, “Does God, does Jesus make a difference?’

I would suggest that God’s children often do look different, and that can be both bad and good. Some see Christians as judgmental