Christianity’s Biggest Issue? Christians.

Posted: June 22, 2012 in God's Will
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Army Staind GlassThere can be no doubt that Christianity is under attack. Especially here in the United States. I know that in other countries you can die for openly being a Christian or professing Christ as Savior and that is, thankfully,  not the case in the U.S.

YET.
However, every day we see our religious liberties, and values, slipping away or being forcibly taken.  Very high ranking government officials, that claim to be Christian themselves, calling us “bigots” because we “cling” to our bibles.  Hollywood depicting us as both simple minded and stupid or as unthinking, uncaring hate mongers.  All the while, the media sits salivating as they lie in wait for high profile believers to fall so they can point out how all Christians are hypocrites.
And despite all the injustice we, as believes, have to suffer at the hands of unbelievers, I do not blame them for the battles we must wage. I do not blame the people that call me out for my beliefs because, in all fairness, if I was not already a believer  you would be hard pressed to convince me to become one.
No, I do not blame any of them.
I blame us.
That’s right. I believe that the bulk of the blame for the nastiness that is directed toward Christians and Christianity is our own fault.We are a media relations nightmare.At times, I think we make it too easy for the naysayers.  That is really the crux of the issue that we have allowed to be perpetrated against us.The honest to goodness Bible believing, Christ honoring, God fearing, people loving Christians that take their place in pews –  and the ones that don’t – across this great country every week – regardless of denomination, because let’s face it none of us are doing it all correctly – have allowed others – to deliver a faulty message and distorted view to the masses and define Christianity by what they think it is all about.
Unfortunately, the good folks mentioned above have done little if anything to change that perception.In fact, much like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day they – we –are in many ways responsible for the depraved indifference seen in our churches. In many cases, we do not speak out against the lies told or the few within our ranks that mess up.
Remind me, again, what they say about perception…something about it BEING reality?
I want you to think for a moment about church last week. Can you say that you said “Good Morning” to someone you did not know? That you greeted people that looked different than you and your family? Made a visitor to your church feel comfortable? Invited someone to church? I think if Jesus came to our cities today, he would be as angry with us as he was the Pharisees and other leaders in the New Testament.
So, how do we go about changing the perception? We can no longer wait for the big name evangelists to speak for us, some of them have caused more problems than they’re worth.We can no longer sit silently as God’s name continues to get tarnished.
I think the answer comes from Mark’s Gospel. In chapter 22, Mark tells about an exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees where they question him on what he thinks is the most important commandment. His answer is the answer we need to cling to:

“ 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Emphasis mine)

Without question, our lack of LOVE – loving God or others – has given rise to the bulk of nonsense that we’re subjected to in the media and to our faces.
So, as we say at my church, “Love God PASSIONATELY.  Love Others INTENTIONALLY.”

That’s it, LOVE.

We must love those around us. The ones we want to love and more importantly the ones that are hard, at times impossible, to love. We can only make a difference through love. We won’t win everyone over, I now that, you know that and God, certainly, knows that. But if we can impact one person for God’s Kingdom –

I say that’s worth the effort.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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