Sermon Illustrations

"Rice Christians"

In India, I discovered the Christians have a name for people who make a profession of faith just because they want to receive something from the Western Missionaries. They call them “Rice Christians.” The same kind of problem happens here in our country, too. Some people turn to God only when they want something. When someone gets sick or when they lose their job or when some other hardship hits, they suddenly get interested in God. But as soon as their needs are met, all that interest evaporates … until they face the next crisis, that is.