Besides chickens running around everywhere (like chickens with their heads cut off - Ha!), there is a phenomenon called the "feral cat" on the island of Kauai. According to Wikipedia, "A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild. The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild." On our recent trip to Kauai, it was not uncommon to run across these cats in a variety of settings. Below, you will notice in the midst of the Hawaiian dancers and the tourist at the Fern Grotto, a random cat has planted itself in the walkway. Even as we filed out of the area, this feral cat made no effort to get out of the way!
In the grind of everyday life, we all come in contact with folks who have, at one time or another, had some type of connection with the church. Through Vacation Bible School as children. Through the church music program on Wednesday night. Through memories of mom and dad or grandma and grandpa taking them to church as a youngster. We ALL connect in some way with these "Feral Christians." You may even be a feral Christian yourself. You very well may be the descendant of a Christian who has returned to the wild, so to speak. Maybe you yourself gave up on your faith because of a tough experience, run-in with an unkind church person, or disagreement with a pastor. You may feel like the church has completely failed you. It very well could have. Churches are filled with imperfect people, feral Christians in their own right. Some churches have gone so astray from the teachings of Jesus that they may even be feral churches. BUT, Christ is not imperfect. He is not feral. He is not astray. He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Son of God. The Lamb of God, who came to take away the sins of the world. Indeed, He can and does domesticate the most feral of individuals.
If you know feral Christians, love and encourage them to return to Christ in faith and repentance. If you are a feral Christian, return to Christ. The Kingdom of God is near. He will remove you from the wild. He will shelter you. He will forgive your sin. He will tame you, for His glory and your good.