Sunday, 28 March 2010

Bring us together, Lord

Church was good tonight. Church was great tonight. Make up your mind.

We looked at Ephesians again, and how we must become one family, all the brothers and sisters in Christ. Jew, gentile, Aussie, European, African, Asian, American, whatever continent you come from. I was chatting with a guy from Malaysia. D-. Great guy. He has a great sense on humour and the ability to laugh at himself, his situation and his heritage.

I asked where he came from within Malaysia, and he hinted that it probably wouldn't mean much to me. I informed him otherwise, as my last girlfriend was (is still, I guess) Malaysian and I have an abundance of Malaysian friends. He was very surprised and told me he was from PJ. He then asked a rather odd question.

D- asked, "Why did you choose to go out with a Malaysian girl?"

I was stuck. I stuttered and stammered. I came up with reasons like: We both enjoy a lot of the same things and we're both followers of Jesus and... I trailed off. I finished with, "Err... We have a lot in common."

"So you're also a money-grabbing, gold-digger who's unaffectionate?" he asked.

I stopped dead. I laughed. He laughed.

"It's all right. It's the stereotype, yes? A lot of them are that way," D- chuckled.

"Well, she's not like that. She's lovely most of the time. She loves to cook. She's a doctor."

"And why do you think she's a doctor?"

"No, no. It's not like that."

"In Malaysian families you're told you can be whatever you want; a doctor or a lawyer."

"Yes, it's very often the case," I laughed.

I like D-. I think he may have flinched at my nail polish, though.

I pray that we can put aside cultural differences and truly be united in Christ.




  1. Amen indeed. UNderstanding one another will ultimately be the key to salvation.

  2. I like your nail polish! Next time, when you get asked a question like that, just smile and say, "Why not?" I liked the picture of your girlfriend a few posts back, she's lovely. I think you and D-- could be great friends! :)

  3. I have no girlfriend :). She's a good friend, and so's her boyfriend ;). I said, the *last girl I dated* was Malaysian, but there isn't a current one. I couldn't match up to her.

    I don't want a girlfriend.
    Not yet. Maybe not ever.

    Thanks for the comments, Chester :).

    D-'s pretty cool :).

  4. Also, the girl in the photo is only 17. I'm 21 :).

    Not that age means anything to me, but I'd probably wait until someone was... older than 19 perhaps?

  5. Hahaha! Serves me right. I think I read the last girlfriend bit and attached the "is still" to the dating part, instead of the Malaysian part. :) I realize I'm no better at gauging ages about other people than they are about me. They think I'm 14, when I'm 21. And you're right. The maturity growth that comes between 19 and 21 is well worth waiting for. :)