Monday, November 09, 2009

That mean, hateful Christian.....

The shooting at Fort Hood produced an out-cry from the Muslim community. "Don't judge us based on the action of one man." "After all, he does not represent Islam." "Islam is a religion of peace." A religion of peace?

Can we say the same for the church? Are Christians representative of peace? Can Christians commit adultery, blasphemy, carnality, drunkenness, envy, all the way to zeal for the wrong thing without bringing judgment and probably shame to the Name?

"Oh! John says he's a Christian! Did you hear what he DID?"

Can we be all about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, without producing a judgment in the mind of the worldly? We can't have it both ways. We either are bringing honor to Jesus or we are not.

In the case of the Major, he either represents Islam or he does not.

What kind of church are we building? Search the term one another for ideas. How about being devoted to one another? How about encourage one another? There's even two books on "One Anothering".

When Jesus is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him. When the church acts like the Church, the result is not "that mean hateful Christian" but rather a congregation that focuses on One Anothering.

After all, it's people, not the building, that makes the Church.

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