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I love my generation.
I really do.
There’s not doubt we are part of an exciting time. Technology does things our parents only saw in the movies. We have been the first generation to grow up with things like social media, cellphones and the world wide web. My generation helped start organizations like kickstarter which let’s people give money to projects they want to see become a reality. A few of us founded some world changing charities, some have become pastors to usher in the next generation of the Church and others still are on the cutting edge of medical health and sciences.
And there’s always a but.
What about the majority of us?
Let’s face it, every generation has their few stars who rise to the top and do amazing things. But what about the rest of us? . What are we supposed to do? Or maybe a better question to ask is are we fooling ourselves?
You see I know the my generation is aware of the world’s problems. I know if I ask my friends the question ‘what is wrong with the world’ that they can give me answers. But what are we doing about it?
You know what I think we are doing about it?
We are “liking” it on facebook and patting ourselves on the back for it. We dump water on our head, put a big red X on our wrist, we like pages for certain causes and we make sure we tell everyone on our social media accounts that today is national “insert major cause here” day.
But is this helping?
I suppose on a pure awareness level that doing things like that helps to raise “awareness” of that issue. But if it stops there, then we’ve really missed the mark especially when the Jesus we follow lived a life of hands on ministry.
You see for the all the good my generation has done, I see one glaring flaw.
Now humans are in general selfish there’s no doubt about it but thanks to a materialistic culture in thought and a prosperous culture in reality my generation has, in many ways never had it easier, and still demands to do things our way with very little room to listen to the generations who have come before us.
We’ve fled the church by the hundreds of thousands
We think we know it all and when we disagreed, we took the easy way out and left our faith institutions instead of doing our best to work together to be co-workers in the Kingdom of God
We’ve decried the faith of our fathers for not being authentic enough while making our own faith up by only taking parts of the Bible we’ve deemed radical and organic. We’ve tossed the baby out with the bathwater.
And I’m one of them. I’ve made these mistakes. I left the Church angry and frustrated. Many times my reasons were valid but my reactions we were anything but.
Jesus prays to the Father that we are one Church and I’m afraid to admit that at times, I’ve contributed to the very thing that frustrated me. Division and drawing lines in the sand that hinder the spread of the Gospel, not grow it.
For my generation to start changing our cultures, we need to be proactive participants and not annoying bystanders. What good is it to point out all of the problems with the world if we won’t get in the mud and start working on solutions together?
We can rant on Facebook, we can write blogs about the problems of the world (pun intended) and we can walk around thinking we know better. But if we aren’t willing to actually move and take action then we are nothing but the people we criticized in previous generations.
As long as we keep thinking the world revolves around us and our rights and our wants and our dreams I can assure you we won’t see much change. Jesus tells us that if we want to find our life we must first lose it. James tells us that true religion is to look after the widow and the orphan (AKA – Not looking after yourself). The disciples gave up their entire lives so the gospel would be spread to the ends of the earth. Many of them lost their lives because of it but Paul counted it joy because unlike our self-centered culture, Paul knew that what mattered wasn’t what he did for himself, but the impact he made on people around him to spread the good news of the gospel.
We (millennials) might have these grandiose thoughts about how to change the world but if we don’t put the work in to make those ideas a reality then they are useless to everyone except ourselves. We trick ourselves into thinking that if we are aware of an issue and we stand against it in our hearts then we’ve done our moral Christian duty by publicly saying “I’m against this!” or “I’m for that”. I promise your words although well intended do very little to change the status quo,
When it comes to our faith the words we say are only the beginning. If there is no tangible actions behind our words than our faith is pretty much useless as James tells us.
So where do you start? When faced with the world’s problems it can get pretty overwhelming pretty fast. Start with little things in your life that you can do to start changing things you know that are harmful to yourself, other people, or the environment.
My girlfriend recently has decided to cut back on her use of disposable items such as plast silverware, straws, cups plates and bags. She decided that she didn’t want to add to the problem of throwing away items that the earth can’t break down and reuse. A simple lifestyle change that over time will help to reduce the amount of waste we bury underground.
You want to help the generation coming up behind you? Then find a place you can volunteer to start being a role model
You want to feed the homeless? Then volunteer at a shelter and be the hands and feet of Jesus
You want to fight Human Trafficking? Then get in touch with an organization and see how you can help.
Don’t just dump water on your head, don’t just draw a big red X and throw in on social media so people can admire your good work. Get in the dirt with us and start impacting people.
We all know Fergusson is a very hot button topic right now in our country. The death of Michael Brown has sparked outrage on all sides of every issue this event entails.
This post isn’t about the acquittal of the officer who shot Michael Brown or about race, or politics, or anything of the sort. This post is about the Christian response to Ferguson and frankly, it’s been a little embarrassing at times.
Christians will often tell you that they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. By saying that we are really saying that Jesus is the person who rules our life, and we trust in Him for eternal salvation as made clear in the Bible. Any Christian who takes their faith seriously would agree that following the teachings of Jesus and using his life as a model for how we should live ours is basic Christian living 101.
This isn’t to say that we always get it right. We are after all, human and are prone to our faults just like anyone else. But the catch is that in our culture, Christians have become so publicly vocal about how to live that we’ve trapped ourselves by not being able to live up to our own standards that we preach from our bullhorns (usually Facebook). When it comes to Fergusson I’m afraid we’ve made that same mistake.
If there’s one thing I’m seeing lacking in the Christian response to Ferguson it’s empathy. There is very little empathy from Christians nationwide for Michael Brown (and the people he represents). When the jury announced their decision to not indict the police officer my Facebook exploded not with empathy or condolences to brown’s family, but to all the reasons why he deserved to be shot. Well that’s not completely true. Usually someone would say “It’s sad that he is dead but…”
“but he robbed a store”, “well he went for the officers gun”. This might be true, but does that mean that a family is still not mourning the loss of their son? Is there not a bigger issue at play here? Why do Christians consistently seem to be on the side of harsh words instead of gentle answers and most importantly how would Jesus respond to all of this if he was here right now?
There are a lot of questions that seem to be lacking answers. But the one that I’m most confident about is that if Jesus was here, he’d be part of the conversation to help change the culture we live in when it comes to racially charged issues and violence that takes so many of young ones.
Christians have no problem calling Michael Brown a thug yet Jesus chose a few thugs of his own to be his disciples and to change the world. Tax collectors, violent revolutionary zealots and the like were part of the 12 Jesus chose to announce his Kingdom. Do you see where I’m going with this? We are all too often ungraceful in how we respond to such tragedies.
When Christians respond to issues of the day the world watches. People notice how we say things, how we respond and they don’t forget about it.
Sometimes we can look so unlike the Jesus who said to love our enemies, who told us to love our neighbor as ourself. We can be so unlike the Jesus who shook up the establishment because he was a bridge between racial lines not a builder of walls. Yet, we often feel justified in our response to issues like Ferguson because well the facts are right there, and the facts are facts. Let me tell you, I’m glad Jesus still acknowledges the facts about my life but offers me grace instead of what I actually deserve.
When we don’t empathize with people, we contribute to the racial divide. When we refuse to hear other people out and we instead assume that they are imagining things, we contribute to the cycle none of us want.
As Christians, we should be the first group of people to sit down at the table and offer solutions on how to stop all kinds of senseless violence because we believe that we have major solutions to contribute but those solutions won’t be heard if we first don’t listen. The Bible tells us as Christians to be slow to speak and eager to listen and it is so necessary that we put this into practice.
I don’t think anyone wants another Ferguson to happen. But the only way we can stop things like Ferguson from happening in the future is if we take the time now to come together to listen to the needs of each other and our communities and find solutions together.
As Jesus said (paraphrased) ”
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
Am I allowed to rant?
I suppose so, it is after all my blog and so I’m going to rant.
I’m fed up.
So what is it that it that I’m so fed up with? What is it that makes me at times want to stop identifying with the word ‘Christian’? It’s the mass hysteria so many christians get all frenzied up about. It’s the posting on Facebook to express how persecution is coming to America and posts some obscure article to prove it.
Usually the article talks about some big government move by some big horrible liberal politician and then explains how important it is that us Christians step up and fight this down! The ironic part? Often, these articles don’t tell the whole story. They just pick out parts that suit their needs to get their audience all riled up for no good reason.
I wonder if I can find an article….oh wait here we go!
It wasn’t long before I saw articles like this one all over my feed with christians posting the links with headings like “We warned you” “I called it” “This is the first step to our persecution” blah blah blah.
I’ll be honest, at the beginning of this story breaking I was concerned myself. Are politicians really trying to snuff out a pastor’s right to free speech? Can this really be happening? The answer…no it’s not happening. Articles like this (http://americanvision.org/11407/houston-demanding-oversight-pastors-sermons/) tell a much bigger part of the story and explain how what is happening in Texas is common law practice.
But this post isn’t about this story necessarily.
It’s about 2 things.
First, It’s about the deceptive nature of some christian conservative news outlets. I see it all the time on my feed. Some obscure news website that panders to an only christian conservative worldview will purposefully twist words and leave out necessary points to a story to rile up people into thinking that Christians in the states are being persecuted. It really blows my mind to see some self-proclaimed christian news sites being so deceptive either intentionally or unintentionally. I mean when Jesus tells us to be honest, to be people of peace, and to be salt to the world, I think the last thing he had in mind was “go ahead and rile people up with half baked truths”. The hypocrisy between their name and their actions is so glaring, I can’t believe other christians actually find them legitimate news sources.
Second, Christians are still at war with the wrong thing. Perhaps to be the bigger issue here is the kind of wording I was seeing with Christians replying to the story I posted above. This verbage of fighting the good fight, standing up for our rights, fighting till the end, are all extremely anti-Jesus. Paul talks about losing our rights as Christians, Jesus calls the peacemakers blessed, and Paul also tells us that our battle is NOT against flesh and blood. How do we miss this?
Let me share with you some quotes regarding the story I shared above. And I’m going to respond to them underneath of each one These were taken from Charismanews
“In light of this egregious example of gay-activist bullying—the very kind that I and others have documented for years now—I urge every pastor in the city of Houston to address the issues of homosexuality and transgenderism this Sunday, announcing this for the entire world to hear but at the same time, refusing to obey the unrighteous decree of Mayor Parker’s office to turn your sermons over for government scrutiny. (This should be done respectfully, in the spirit of Acts 4:19-20; 5:28-29.)”
I really wonder if Paul, or any of the disciples felt bullied and what their responses were. After all they lived in an extremely oppressive culture and most of them all died pretty terrible deaths by the hands of governments. Yet Paul says it’s a joy to be persecuted for the faith. The disciples willing went to death for the sake of the gospel. No where do we read in the Bible “This oppression is wrong so I have become a politician to ensure my rights”. So many of my fundamentalist friends have no problem claiming to go only by the word of God….but then have no problem fighting with other humans for what they deem are their “rights”. Yes, legally we all have rights, which is why no one is in jail for their beliefs, but even if they were…would that give us a right to make enemies with people? After all, Jesus said that the two most important commands that every other command hinges on is to Love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Notice here that the most important command is not to tell gay people they are super sinful. Notice how the most important command is not to wage war on people.
“I also urge every congregational member in Houston to tell your pastors that you are standing with them, encouraging them to stand up for what is right in the face of bullying and intimidation.”
Yes, a legal request has become bullying? Urging the congregation to stand up for what is right? This kind of talk just draws a bigger line in the sand.
I don’t know how much clearer the Scriptures make it. Jesus was a friend of people who had problems. Jesus calls us to be his hands and feet when He is not here. Nowhere in Scripture do we see Jesus getting political, or campaigning for his rights.
What if (and it’s a big what if). What if those Texan pastors requested lunch with the mayor? What if they requested a meeting with her to hear her side of the story, hear where she is coming from and asked the mayor to hear them out and see where they are coming from to get better clarity on an issue that has divided so many.These pastors have a chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone directly and instead they are throwing it away because they were taught that there is a huge culture war and it’s their job to fight for good morals in the world. (Hint: It’s the wrong battle)
You don’t change people by legislation and you certainly don’t change them by telling them how to live their life. Life change is a fruit of a relationship with the Holy spirit. If there’s no holy spirit then you can’t expect life change and guess what our job is in this? To introduce people to Jesus. That’s it. It’s not our job to judge the world, it’s not our job to tell people (especially those who are not Christians) how to live their life. It’s our job to be the tangible hands and feet of Jesus and to tell the world that there is hope.
To the Christians who insist on waging war on humans even though the Scriptures tell us not to; it’s time to start building bridges to reach lost people, not burning them. I never want to be the reason why someone turned away from Jesus and his infinite mercy and grace that he extends to every human.
Let me put it this way (and I’ve said this before). If you tell a person how they’re living is wrong, that they need to change or else, and that person dies without knowing Jesus, you still failed your mission. Our mission was never, ever, ever, EVER, to become American Pharisees, but to humble ourselves before others to show them the hope we have found in Jesus.
I was extremely fortunate to grow up with two loving parents who not only loved all three of their kids (who definitely pushed their love to the limits), but also loved Jesus like crazy. The older I get I realize how solid my parent’s marriage actually was.
In a day where so many kids grow up without a mom or dad, or in abusive situations, I felt very lucky to grow up in a house that was overall peaceful with two great parents who were willing to learn and adjust to not only each other but to their children’s temperaments and attitudes as well.
Here are a few things I learned about marriage through them.
1. They Never Went to Bed Angry – I honestly can count on one hand the times I remember my parents arguing. I can count on one finger the time it got so heated my dad left the house to cool off. In 25 years I can’t think of one time that my mom or dad slept on the couch because there was a disagreement between them. My parents were quick to forgive each other and to put any heated situation in the past. When my dad got angry the few times I remember, he was quick to apologize and my mom was quick to forgive. As their marriage progressed they got better and better at forgiving each other.
2. They Are Growing Old Together – It’s no secret that my dad is not the same person he was when my parents first got married. My dad grew up in a completely different house than my mom did. While my mom’s family was all about…well family (oh, and pasta), my dad’s family was more of the ‘do whatever you want’ type. When my parents first got married it was a major shift for both of them. My mom was used to having people over all the time and my dad…well he most definitely was not. Over the years they changed and adapted to each other’s needs and personality types and they are both better because of it. My dad is a much more personable person these days not because he was forced to but because he loves my mom and wants to meet her needs. Which brings me right in to my next point
3. They Meet Each Other’s Needs – Oh sure, they are still two different people. My dad has no problem working on his motorcycle in the garage for hours by himself (something my whole family would pay money to see my mom do), and my mom has no problem talking to her friends either in person or on the phone for hours (something we’d all pay a lot of money to see my dad do), but they sacrifice for each other and they cross over into each other’s needs to meet them. My mom encourages my dad to buy the toys he wants, she has never once fought him on it. My dad hosts more people at the house more often, not because he necessarily wants to but because he knows it meets a need for my mom. It’s mutual submission to each other and what the other needs and it works wonderfully.
4. The Never Fought About Money – My parents have owned a small business for almost 30 years. Once again I can not think of one time they fought over money. As far as I know they never had their own personal checking accounts and their were no secrets between them regarding where money went. My mom was the book keeper for the business so she knew more about how our house economy worked, but my dad never once doubted where the money was going. My dad was also the sole provider of the family for the past 25 years and he was always extremely generous with the money he made for us. I once again can’t think of a time where my dad told my mom no (unless they were mutually going on a budget). Trust me, my dad didn’t want the pool, but my mom did….and now we have a pool. The things that my mom wanted and my dad didn’t (and vice-versa) was never used a weapon in their marriage either. My dad was more than happy to give my mom the world if he could regardless of who was making the money.
5. They Disciplined Their Kids – Yes, I was spanked as a child (I know I’m really mentally scarred) and you know what? I’m a better person because of it. My parents never ever ever spanked me out of anger or hit me out of anger. I spanked on my cute little butt and was always told that my parents loved me and they wanted the best for me. I truly never thought I was being abused, and I don’t have nightmares about being spanked….ever. I was a little punk as a child and I needed to learn that I wasn’t the one running the shots, my parents were. I’m so grateful for it now.
6. They Are Still In Love With Each Other – My parents marriage is like a well oiled machine. If you walk into our house on a week day morning you’ll see my dad at the kitchen table running through all of the paperwork for the job that day and planning out all the materials he will need and then getting his employees together and sending them out to get supplies while my mom is running between the kitchen packing lunches for all of us while going into the office to get details my dad might now have. They communicate like pros and you can tell that all of the hardwork they put in to their marriage early on has paid off immensely. I know my dad still sees my mom as the most beautiful person who has ever lived, and I know my mom is still head over heels for my dad.
7. They Mutually Submitted to Each Other – Let’s not confuse things here. I know that many non-Christians think that Christianity teaches the woman to submit to her husband and for the husband to rule over her like a king but this can’t be farther from the truth. The Bible teaches mutual submission with distinct roles to be fulfilled in marriage. My dad sacrificed so much for my mom and consistently put her needs before his own. My mom absolutely loved being a stay at home mom and she kept a CLEAN house even with three tiny terrors living there. My mom wasn’t forced to stay at home, she wanted to stay at home and my dad will tell you that she took the much harder job. Trust me, raising three kids, running a business, maintaining a house, and being involved with a local Church is no easy feat. My parents both knew the two essential roles it takes to have a family and the fulfilled those roles flawlessly.
8. My Parents Introduced Me to Jesus – I can’t speak on behalf of my other two (awesome) siblings, but I can say without a doubt that my parents are the ones who introduced me to Jesus and changed my life forever. They didn’t just tell me about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian, they modeled it in every area of their life. My parents were always honest, they always paid their taxes,and they gave money to those in need. They didn’t just send a few bucks overseas here and there, they gave money to people who couldn’t pay their mortgages, or couldn’t put food on the table. My mom ever single morning has that Bible out and is reading it taking notes. As a kid she would often tell us proverbs (usually when she was angry) that still stick with me to this day. We were heavily involved with a local Church as well. This gave me my foundation for life. I owe my relationship with Jesus all to my parents modeling a life after Christ and building their entire lives around it.
My generation doesn’t like hard work (just ask my dad he will tell you all about it), but marriage is hard work and when you put the time, effort and commitment into it, the result is a beautiful strong thing that binds two people together.
So thanks mom and dad for being the best examples of marriage that I’ve ever seen. You’ve raised three great kids and built a great life together. Thanks for being the model marriage that so many people look up to.
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Well the unthinkable in my life happened; I started dating someone. Yes pick yourself up off that chair, brush your dusty knees off, no you’re not dreaming. It’s true.
About two months ago I started seeing a wonderful person. It was kind of sudden, very unexpected but truth be told it’s been a great journey thus far. Yes, I’m well aware it’s only been two months, but already I have learned a great deal about myself and mindsets I had that I didn’t even know I had. This post really is for you single people out there. Especially the Christian ones because I have news for you…you probably have mindsets and disney fairy tale views that you don’t even know you have. Trust me when I tell you the past few months have been a complete rewiring of everything I thought I knew about romance, ‘healthy’ relationships, and expectations.
Here are a few things i learned.
1. You’re dating a human, not a fantasy – “oh Tim” you say, “of course I know that”. Only you really don’t until you start dating someone and realize that this person can’t read your mind. That this person doesn’t fit into you’re nice, neat view of that special someone. Do you know why? Because they are a human being with their own thoughts, desires, habits, attitudes, preferences, and views. You’re dating another human being, not the person you made up in your head. Seriously, stop wondering what it’s going to be like because you’ll be pretty much wrong. I mean you can day dream about being with someone all you want, just understand that you’re mostly wrong about the actual person you’ll be dating because the person you’re thinking of isn’t a person..it’s a daydream.
2. No matter how much I knew that hollywood gives a false view of romance I still bought it – I mean can you blame me? We are bombarded with it everywhere. Yes Yes I know that we Christians think we see through it…..but we don’t. Instead we combine Jesus with Disney and the result is crap like this. We are saturated with culture’s view of love and romance and no matter how much we tell ourselves we don’t buyit but secretly we do. Yes of course I knew that no woman will be my answer in life but it wasn’t until i actually experienced it that I understood it. You might think that you see through hollywood’s smoke but you’ve still inhaled it.
3. He/She Won’t be your ultimate fulfillment – Understanding that this girl will never fully answer all my questions, never calm every nerve, and never be perfect is at first terrifying and then completely relieving because you realize that you’re not her end all be all either. My relationship with Jesus is my center, but she is with me on this journey, not my journey. Of course I couldn’t be more thrilled to be pursuing this person and yes, it’s great to be with her and I love to spend time with her. But I don’t have to see her every single second of every single day. This person isn’t my answer. Jesus is and because of that we have healthy space in our relationship.
4. No butterflies does not equal I’m falling out of love – I imagine anyone in a serious relationship or marriage is laughing at me right now. Truth be told it sounds ridiculous. But one day when I woke up and didn’t have raging feelings for the person I’m dating I thought to myself “well this must be it, for some reason I don’t like her anymore” which of course is complete poop. Once again I bought the lie that feelings = relationship. This another great mirage of our culture and especially our media. From movies alone we are left to assume that to like someone, or to love someone means to have strong, constant, crazy feelings for them 24/7/365. What a shock it was to me when that didn’t happen. Once again I knew it wasn’t true, but I didn’t understand until I experienced it.
5. Friendship is just as important as the romantic – Another mind blowing revelation that I’ve learned in these past few months. My friendship with this girl is just as important as the romance. I’ve had fun just being with her not having to hold her hand every second of every day. We’ve had moments where we’ve laughed so hard we both started crying, these moments that our often overlooked in our culture’s view of dating have often been the most intimate and important in our relationship. Sure I take her out , we go on dates, but most of that time is spent as great friends enjoying the company of each other and usually ends up with us laughing till our heads explode…or binging on a few Office episodes.
Look, I don’t claim to be some relationship guru because I’m two months into a relationship after 5 years of being single. That isn’t the point of this post. The point of this post to wake Christian singles up. Dating Sarah is so much better than dating the person I made up in my head because Sarah is a real human being made in the image of God and the person I made up was made in the image of me.
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It’s been a while.
Facebook is a great place for Christians to show off their hypocritical ability. I mean it doesn’t take much effort for me to find the guy who in one breath posts lyrics about grace and love and in the next breath posts how much a certain politician is ruining America, or how the barista messed up his or her drink AGAIN, or how people just really tick them off because they drive slow in the left hand lane (My pet peeve) or how rude customers are to them at work. In fact, the other day I saw a particular person who had one status filled with a couple of F bombs about the way people drive followed by a status with a Bible verse about God’s grace and love.
We do this while claiming to be an ambassador for the ways of Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, Christians are humans too. Christians will do things that can be at best be described as unwise. Christians will be hypocrites because deep down everyone is a hypocrite at some point and time in life. Sure we all strive to be consistent, we try to have our actions line up with our words, but they don’t all the time do they? Maybe that’s why Paul wrote these brilliant words in Romans:
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…”
But (and there’s always a but) what irks me here is that we act like we are ok with being this way. We claim to be a Christian, we claim to affirm the death and resurrection of Jesus and by default we affirm his way of living, but instead of following his way, we follow the culture’s way. We vent to Facebook about dumb people. When someone gives us attitude we give people attitude right back. We don’t put ourselves aside for the sake of others, or give people the benefit of the doubt. We are not quick to forgive, we are quick to hold grudges and you know the kingdom we build when we live opposite of Christ? I’ll give you a hint..it’s not the kingdom of God.
Listen, if you are a Christian then you’re telling people that you’re following a different path than most people. You’re telling culture that you subscribe to the ways of Jesus whether you recognize that or not.
Being a follower of Jesus is not always an easy life to live, but it is a better way to live. Let me also mention here that when I say Christian or follower of Jesus I’m not referring to praying a prayer, going to ‘church’ once a week, reading your Bible every now and then, and trying to vote for those good ol’ Christian ‘conservative’ values.
That’s the easy stuff. Anyone can do those things. I’m talking about costly grace here. The kind that you give your life for. I’m talking about loving the people who don’t treat you nice. I’m talking about laying yourself down for the sake of others. I’m talking about taking all of Christ’s words seriously, not just the popular cliché one liners.
Let me put it this way; if you believe that Christ is the son of God and that every word in the Bible is God breathed, then please take the words “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” as seriously as you take “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me”.
Jesus’s way of living calls us to abandon ourselves for the sake of the Gospel. Will we miss that mark at times? Yes we will. What do we do when that happens? We repent to our gracious Father and we repent to those who we wronged. A Christian apologizing for their fault and for their wrongdoing in a situation speaks volumes more than doing all the right things ever could. Why? Because people know that no one is perfect. People know that we all make mistakes and sometimes frankly, We Christians don’t think that we are ever at fault. We are quick to play the persecution or “hey what about MY RIGHTS card” while forgetting that Jesus tells us that for us to find our life we must first lose it.
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