Parker has a better option. Pull apart that circle you are holding and give one end of the strip a half-twist. Now rejoin the ends. What you have in your hands is a Möbius strip, named after the German mathematician who described it. If you trace with one finger around the strip, you’ll discover that the inside becomes the outside and the outside the inside. Now we are holding a powerful metaphor, a picture of life in the Spirit. This is a good model for what happens to us when we encounter the true God.
We’re so afraid to send them out into a world that is so messed up. As we are reminded every day, the world does not live by God’s rules. The system does not conform to God’s justice. Life here in Silicon Valley does not cultivate Christian virtues nor does it instill Christian values. It wasn’t so very different long ago in the Jordan River Valley. Jesus said, “I do not belong to this world.” And he wasn’t kidding. His ethic of loving and giving was out of this world. So what can we parents do who are worried that our kids are going to get corrupted by the world we are preparing them for? We can prepare them to demand a different world.
The reason that Peter’s testimony was so powerful was not because he was so eloquent, not because he was so persuasive. Peter’s sermon was successful because Cornelius was so receptive. I can attest to the fact that when you have a willing audience, witnessing is easy. When a person comes to you with an open heart it’s a whole lot easier to pour God’s love into it.