Before I say anything, let me acknowledge that there’s a total irony in what I’m going to say in this post.
I woke up yesterday morning ticked, because I’ve heard a lot of Christians go on and on about how awful the movie The Golden Compass is. I’m not a fan of the themes of the movie either, and I wouldn’t rush to see it, but I’m wondering why so many Christians feel a need to define themselves by what they are against.
Some people are still convinced that the world ended when they took prayer out of the public schools. I was a kid who remembers prayer in the public school system, and as far as I can tell, mumbling the Lord’s prayer on school day mornings never saved anybody. Frankly, it used to embarrass me as a grade-school Christian because I felt like something we should offer to God voluntarily was being forced on everyone. I felt like maybe because the church was doing such a poor job at being the church we expected the government to pick up the slack.
Sometimes I wonder if all our lobbying of governments and culture is really just a mask over how weak and anemic we might actually be as modern day Christians. If the church loved…if the church was grace-filled….if the church was relevant…if the church was irresistible… would we need to slam governments, school boards and Hollywood nearly as much as we do?
Why should we expect people who are not Christians to be Christians? Why should we expect an atheist to be "Christian" when he writes a screen play, or a school board made up of mostly non-believers to do the work of a the church? Jesus spent zero percent of his time lobbying the government to change laws, and 100% of his time changing people’s lives personally. Shouldn’t we be the same?
I would so much rather that Christians were known for what we are for than what we are against. Instead of hating the world, why don’t we lay down our lives for the world in love? Do we honestly think Hollywood is a step closer to mass-conversion to Christianity because Christians told them they were wrong — again?
So there’s my irony…I guess I’m against Christians being against things. Okay. But I’d rather make my life about what I’m for. I’m for love. I’m for Jesus. I’m for hope. I’m for grace. I’m for truth. I’m for life. I want Connexus to be about what we are for.
What do you think?