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Could It Be?

I am grateful and challenged by the posts last week and this week about what you want to hear preached and what your friends might want to hear.  Keep them coming!

Now I have a disturbing question. 

Could it be that a lot of the subjects we want to hear about (apologetics, denominations, money making, pagan roots of holidays, even the Trinity) are due to the fact that Christians don't often act like Christians?

When there is nothing special about us – the way we love, the way we give, the way we serve, then questions about why we are different/not different abound.  If we loved and lived the way Jesus loved and lived, would our friends "get it" more and start asking a different set of questions or maybe even just start following?

This question haunts me because I think I might be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

What do you think?  Follow what I'm trying to say?

4 Comments

  1. Rebekah on October 25, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I'd say yes, absolutely. One of my elders just emailed me and asked me how I don't get 'totally racked off' (she's British, and she's got the BEST expressions!) with people who talk the talk, but 'don't even crawl the walk.'

    There are a lot of people out there – especially in the mainline church, I think – who are into Church-ianity, not Christianity. They follow the ritual of going to church, not the person of Jesus Christ. It's heartbreaking, and sometimes it feels like you're fighting a losing battle. But usually when I get down about that, God has this way of tossing someone who DOES follow Jesus into my path, so I remember that there ARE Christians in this world. And I remember what they look like and how they can affect lives around them.

    Cheers,
    R.

  2. Linda on October 25, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Personally, I think the answer to you question is No, you are not part of the problem. I think it is the organized religions that use (or used) control, through death, war, etc., to gain power over people that has given Christianity a "bad name".

    For the first time in my life, I am seeing that it is not about rules, rituals, regulations, even "religion"…it's about a personal relationship with Christ. This is huge to me. And I am seeing this by meeting people that I admire for their kindness and their giving natures. Just seeing people live their lives with love makes me want to learn more.

    This is just one persons opinion, but if one your goals is to introduce Christ to non-believer through the way that you live your lives, I think that you are doing a great job. I don't know where my journey is taking me, but I do know that I have gained a great deal more respect for Christ followers.

  3. Carey Nieuwhof on October 25, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Ironically, Tim, I think your comment shows how deep the problem really is. Doing what Christians do would, at least I think, mean walking humbly. This just shows that the gap between what Christianity is and what we perceive it to be is deeper than we thought.

    Great point.

  4. Tim L. Walker on October 25, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I think the biggest problem is that a lot of Christians DO act like Christians. A lot of Christians DO think there is something special about them: the way they love, the way they give, the way they serve. I think that's WAY worse than even being hypocritical. At least in hypocrisy Christians can claim "they're not perfect, but through Christ are forgiven… blah, blah, blah…" It's when Christians go around acting like there's something special about them that really turns off the rest of society. What Christians need to do is be authentic. Authenticity is what society wants not only of Christians, but of everyone. If Christians aren't authentic, it doesn't matter how they love, give and serve, because no one will care.

    If you're trying to ACT more like a Christian, then you're not being authentic. If you're not being authentic, you ARE a part of the problem.

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