A Husbands Challenge…
On the fourth anniversary of their wedding day, a young wife said to her husband: “I have been a very happy woman for four years; if only one thing else could be true, I would be the happiest woman in the world.”
“Well,” he said, “what is it? I would do anything for you.”
“If only you were a Christian,” she replied.
“Are you a Christian?” said the young husband.
“Yes,” came the answer.
“Well, I didn’t know it,” he remarked; and then, after a pause, he put his astonished wife through a series of questions:
“Do you swear?”
“Neither do I,” he responded.
“You don’t steal?” he queried.
“No, of course not.”
“Neither do I.”
“You don’t gamble?”
“Of course I don’t.”
“Neither do I,” said he.
“You don’t get drunk?”
“Why do you ask such questions? Of course I don’t.”
“I don’t either,” he again responded.
“Now,” he said, “you drink wine at receptions?”
“Yes, out of courtesy to the hostess.”
“I do too,” he added.
“You go to see movies? I do too.”
“You play cards, don’t you?”
“Where’s the harm in that? I play of course.”
“I do too.” “You dance, don’t you?”
“Certainly!” she said, “there’s no harm in dancing. I love it. I dance, of course I do.”
“Well,” said her husband, “I do too.”
“Now,” said he, “if you’ll show me the difference between the kind of life that you are living, and the kind I am living, I have no objection to becoming a Christian.”
The young wife saw his point; and when her husband unexpectedly returned from an errand, he found her on her knees by the couch, her face buried in her hands, and she was weeping. He asked her to forgive him if he had hurt her feelings.
“No,” she answered, “it is I who ought to ask your forgiveness and with God’s help you shall have a different wife from this time on.”
Fourteen months from that time this young man acknowledged at a meeting: “For four months I have been a Christian man, won to God by the earnest, consistent, beautiful life of my devoted wife.”
My dear Christian friend, if the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ does not make any difference between the life you are living and the life of your unconverted spouse, it isn’t worth recommending to anyone.