I was initially thinking about titling this post, “Christians ARE Doing Sh**” but I didn’t want to offend people. Then again, I guess I just worked it in there, so I’m sorry if I ended up offending you anyway. ” They are so ‘middle school’ sometimes,” some of you are thinking. But on to my point.
The church is up to some good stuff. That should make sense, considering Jesus is in charge. <—–That’s “tweet worthy” right there.
Those who aren’t a part of the church often have a lot of derogatory things to say about it. I can honestly understand some of the criticisms, but then some of it is just plain old foolishness. Opponents of the church often have a double-standard in the way they evaluate people groups, as if all Christians are responsible for the actions of a few. We dug a little deeper into that topic in a previous post entitled, “P.E.T.A, Punk Rawk, Christians, Old Navy, Germans, and Atheists.”
Now, all joking aside, I really don’t lose any sleep over what people think about the church. I wouldn’t sleep much at all if I did. I do wish it was different though, because I want more people to hear what the church has to say. To put it simply, I just don’t have the time to be offended. Plus, Jesus is the Head of His church, so I’ll let Him be concerned about what He’s in charge of. In the meantime, I’ll just do what He’s asked me to do.
I do want us to think about something though: Due to some of the dumb things that Christians do, we’ve got a bad reputation. Even Christians don’t often like the church, which is why many of us refer to ourselves as “Jesus followers” instead of Christians.
Well, can we please tell the whole story about the church? Those of you who don’t like the church, please at least admit that it isn’t an altogether bad thing for the Earth. C’MON, man!
Take a second and run these ideas through your head:
What about the fact that American slavery was eventually abolished based on Christian convictions and biblical principles? Please stop taking scripture out of context to “prove” that God loved slavery. Are you kidding me?
What about the huge organizations that have been founded by Christians–like A-21–that are doing all they can to rescue people who are caught in human trafficking? We might not be as badass as Liam Neeson in Taken, but at least we’re trying to do something.
What about the millions of dollars given world-wide by the church planting network calledARC?
What about Reginald Denny forgiving the guys that almost killed him during the LA Riots in ’92?
What about Pastor Rick Warren partnering with homosexual organizations to fight against AIDS? And let’s not forget that this dude wrote the best-selling book of all time, and gives 90% of all his money away.
What about the many Christians who are involved in getting clean water to 3rd World Countries through Water Missions International–One of the world’s deadliest killers is dirty water! That’ll make you think twice the next time you want to complain about your tap water.
There are so many things that I haven’t mentioned, like the millions of people being served and sheltered in Christian homeless shelters, the many doctors that give up wealth in order to serve those in poor countries around the world, and the many mega-churches that literally give millions to non-profit organizations.
The point of this isn’t to gloat or pat anyone on the back. Folks outside of the church are killing it too in order to make this world better. I just want you to know that Jesus is at work through His people. Jesus doesn’t save people so they can continue to wallow in their own shittiness (did I just make up a word?). As Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church reminds us, “We aren’t saved by good works, but we are saved to do them.”
At the end of the ages there will be crowns of glory cast at His feet to represent the good works that have been done in His name.
In the meantime, it sure would be nice for the good stories about Christians to make the news and get the same publicity that the bad ones get.
Oh, well. I guess this might have been what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:10 when He said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“