When people have a dramatic salvation experience and step into the Christian faith, we often expect an immediate, corresponding dramatic change in behavior. After all, according to scripture, they’re “new creatures” right? But time after time, we don’t see that immediate change, and as a result, get frustrated and often just give up on them – or worse, criticize them as frauds.
But the truth is, even after a powerful encounter with God, people still carry the old habits, thinking, culture, and behaviors that have taken a lifetime to create. While their intentions, inner life, and priorities have changed, they still carry a lot of the old life around for awhile.
So remember: a saved turkey is still a turkey. If they were jerks before their encounter with Christ, they may default to that behavior for awhile afterwards. That’s what “discipleship” is about. Transforming a life over time after the salvation moment, and bringing it more in line with God’s purposes for our lives.
So cut the turkeys out there a little slack. Don’t be so surprised or offended when a recent convert acts like a turkey.
Hopefully, change is coming….