On his own volition, Tim came to church with us Sunday.
Afterwards he seemed thoughtful. “At the end of the service, it was almost like an altar call,” he observed. (Pastor Jerry had asked everyone to bow our heads and close our eyes while those who wanted to live by faith in Jesus Christ raised their hands.)
“Yes, it was.”
“Nobody raised their hands.”
“I wouldn’t know,” I said. “I wasn’t looking.”
“Nobody did.” Pause. “Just a handful.”
“Every one counts,” I said. “There may have been others watching by live stream who responded.”
“I don’t think it counts if you’re at home.”
“Sure it does. ”
“Not as much.”
“Maybe some people here made a decision privately, without raising their hand. God is looking at the heart, not the hands.”
He didn’t seem convinced.