[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Warning- this is a rant.
Let me start with this disclaimer that many people claim to be Christians while they are not. It is an over-used term that has been associated with racism, elitism, and divisions. In the name of Christianity, horrible atrocities have been committed that are completely contrary to what true Christianity represents- Christ, the Savior of the world, the God of the Bible. It breaks my heart that this is true, and yet it cannot be denied.
As a missionary, working with Christians seemed like it was going to be a treat; and yet, I have had more problems with other believers than I have had working in the world with professing atheists and others. There are more cliques, more divisions, and less support. I have seen this in local church ministry in the US, in international ministry and missions, and in the writing world alike. People who should be the most loving and helpful often stab one another in the backs, fight for position or credit, and tear each other down. I wonder what God thinks when He looks upon the modern Church. It must grieve His heart. I know it grieves mine, and others who share my burden. When the divorce rate is just as high in the church, when there is so much hurt in ministry, when people run away from God simply because they have seen such a disgraceful representation of Him, it is time to wake up.
I’m not trying to bash the Church. There are incredible people who have enriched my life beyond words; believers who look beyond denominations, groups of friends, and social upbringing. Those people have shaped who I am. They invested in me, loved me when I didn’t deserve it, and inspired me to be a missionary. It is certainly not all bad. To those who are living right, thank you. But even then, we all have room for improvement. None of us have arrived.
For the rest, we make Christianity appear to be a dirty word in this world. Of course, we live in a world that’s current climate is opposed to the God of the Bible. People don’t want to be accountable so they are trying to rewrite His unchanging Word, twist interpretations to suit the changing tides, and erase our godly heritage and history. They approve of nearly anything except for Biblical values. They mock true Christians, calling them bigots, old fashioned, and the like. What should our response be? We shy away from speaking out in boldness, afraid that people and society will dislike or misjudge us. Meanwhile, our brethren in much of the Middle East are being imprisoned, tortured, and beheaded because they are not ashamed of the Gospel.
Instead of people willing to die for what they believe, we see quite the opposite: people desperately trying to improve their lives on the backs of those they are called to die for. We sit back in comfort and ease, not wanting to offend someone who is desperate and dying. We let them continue that way so that they will accept us. What about those who claim to belong to Christ, and yet seek profit from the people instead of pouring their lives out to help them? What about those who are so consumed with their group of friends that they don’t even notice the suicidal or depressed congregants right next to them? I am not just talking about the American church, although it is part of this tragic lukewarm culture. We have forgotten the passion, the cross, the reality of life in Christ. Something seems terribly wrong.
I believe we need to rise up, not in hate but in love and truth, standing up for biblical values and refusing to let the hatred of the world silence the love of Christ that is within us.
Christianity used to mean “like Christ.” Let us return to the heartbeat of a relationship with Jesus, and follow Him to love the world even unto death.. even, dare I say, when it is politically incorrect and they call us names.
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