You need not venture any farther than WordPress to notice that we Christians don’t always have the best reputation as a group. Why is it that the larger community has a poor impression of us?
It could be many things, popular culture, bad press, envy, resentment. sin…
Maybe we can’t do much about those things. Yet, I’m sorry to say that it can be other things, too. For instance, how do we look to the rest of the world when we fight amongst ourselves, when we do not live the way we preach? What will they think of us when we show hostility and condemnation to the larger community? What will they think of us when we talk about love but don’t show any? What will they think of us when we pretend to be superior to them because they are wretched sinners and we live in the light?
Not much would be my guess.
If this were only about people thinking badly about Christians, I wouldn’t really be concerned; who cares? The problem is that there is much more at stake. When Christians have a bad reputation, the Gospel we represent also has a bad reputation. Thus, if the people in your neighborhood think badly of Christians, they will also think badly of the Gospel, and if that happens, millions will die without Christ and we will be the cause… or at least part of the cause. Are you OK with this thought? I’m not!
We like to speak of keeping Christ in Christmas. I wonder, should we actually go the next step? Tell me what you think about this idea: Let’s keep Christ’s love in Christmas. Let’s put His love on display in our lives. No more condemnation, no more spiritual and moral superiority, no more hypocrisy. Just love, compassion, understanding, patience, hope, joy and sharing.
This could be the Season of Salvation!