"What, sir, you would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a
bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such
Napoleon to Robert Fulton, quoted in Bits &
Pieces, May 27, 1993, p. 14.
During WWI one of my predecessors at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Donald Grey
Barnhouse, led the son of a prominent American family to the Lord. He was in the service, but he showed the reality of
his conversion by immediately professing Christ before the soldiers of his military company. The war ended. The day came
when he was to return to his pre-war life in the wealthy suburb of a large American city. He talked to Barnhouse about life with
his family and expressed fear that he might soon slip back into his old habits. He was afraid that love for parents, brothers,
sisters, and friends might turn him from following after Jesus Christ. Barnhouse told him that if he was careful to make public
confession of his faith in Christ, he would not have to worry. He would not have to give improper friends up. They would give
As a result of this conversation the young man agreed to tell the first ten people of his old set whom he encountered that
he had become a Christian. The soldier went home. Almost immediately--in fact, while he was still on the platform of the
suburban station at the end of his return trip--he met a girl whom he had known socially. She was delighted to see him and
asked how he was doing. He told her, "The greatest thing that could possibly happen to me has happened." "You're engaged to be
married," she exclaimed. "No," he told her. "It's even better
than that. I've taken the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior." The girls' expression froze. She mumbled a few polite words and went
on her way. A short time later the new Christian met a young man whom he had known before going into the service. "It's good to
see you back," he declared. "We'll have some great parties now that you've returned." "I've just become a Christian," the
soldier said. He was thinking, That's two! Again it was a case of a frozen smile and a quick change of conversation. After this
the same circumstances were repeated with a young couple and with two more old friends. By this time word had got around, and soon
some of his friends stopped seeing him. He had become peculiar, religious, and -- who knows! -- they may even have called him
crazy! What had he done? Nothing but confess Christ. The same confession that had aligned him with Christ had separated him
from those who did not want Jesus Christ as Savior and who, in fact, did not even want to hear about Him.
J.M Boice, Christ's Call To Discipleship,
Moody, 1986, p. 122-23.
Campbell Morgan was one of 150 young men who sought entrance to the Wesleyan ministry in 1888. He passed the doctrinal
examinations, but then faced the trial sermon. In a cavernous auditorium that could seat more than 1,000 sat three
ministers and 75 others who came to listen. When Morgan stepped into the pulpit, the vast room and the
searching, critical eyes caught him up short. Two weeks later Morgan's name appeared among the l05 REJECTED for the ministry
Jill Morgan, his daughter-in-law, wrote in her book, A Man of the Word, "He wired to his father the one word, 'Rejected,' and
sat down to write in his diary: 'Very dark everything seems. Still, He knoweth best.' Quickly came the reply: 'Rejected on
earth. Accepted in heaven. Dad.'"
In later years, Morgan said: "God said to me, in the weeks of loneliness and darkness that followed, 'I want you to cease
making plans for yourself, and let Me plan your life.'" Rejection is rarely permanent, as Morgan went on to prove.
Even in this life, circumstances change, and ultimately, there is no rejection of those accepted by Christ.
In 1858 the Illinois legislature--using an obscure statute--sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln,
although Lincoln had won the popular vote. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, "Like the boy who
stubbed his toe: I am too big to cry and too badly hurt to laugh."
Max Lucado, God Came Near, Multnomah Press, 1987, p. 57.