Christianity Today has a fascinating story up about the recent growth of Christianity, particularly the evangelical and pentecostal kinds, in France. The story entertainingly relates tales of new receptiveness to street evangelism, significant increases in sales of the Bible, and the founding of new churches.
But the most entertaining part of the article is an upside down account of a father being disappointed in his daughter:
Religious conversions still befuddle the French. David Brown, the head of the French equivalent of InterVarsity, University Bible Groups, told me about one girl’s experience. Her father is a militant left-wing activist; he and his wife are separated. When he found out that his daughter joined Brown’s church and left with the youth group for a weekend in Normandy, he became enraged and came to see Brown. These were his words: “Here I thought that she was just going off for a weekend with a new boyfriend! But then I find out it was to read the Bible!”
“To go off with a new boyfriend is no problem,” Brown says, “but to read the Bible is unacceptable.” The father was also concerned that his daughter had become too religious. “I’ll prove it to you,” he told Brown. “She’s got a Bible by her bedside!”
Brown says, “A lot of French people think like him.”
Oh, those crazy, mixed up young people!!!