I have become dumbfounded by some statistics that are popping up about what I would call a misinterpretation of truth that modern Christianity has presented to the world. The number of church attendance has dropped tremendously in the past five years, and the way Christianity is seen by others is something we would be incredibly stupid if we ignore these facts and go on our merry little ways. The majority, meaning more than half Americans have a bad taste in their mouths about Christianity and Christ himself because of how Christians have represented Him. We have become so incompatible from God that the way we Christians live are opposite from how Jesus lived and represented His Father. We are only kidding ourselves if we think the majority of Christians are making any difference in this world. Here are unbelievers perceptions of who we are as Christians…
Hypocritical Perception: Christians say one thing, but live something entirely different.
Get Saved Perception: Christians are insincere and concerned only with converting others.
Anti Homosexual Perception: Christians show contempt for gays and lesbians.
Sheltered Perception: Christians are boring, unintelligent, old-fashioned, and out of touch with reality. Too Political Perception: Christians are primarily motivated by a political agenda and promote right-wing politics
Judgmental Perception: Christians are prideful and quick to find faults in others.
I would have to say if these perceptions are true of us, then I think we need to WAKE UP to reality and start living as Christ would and stop making a bad name for Him. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be known for our relationship with Father and the LOVE we have for one another and every single person than by these perceptions?
Non-Hypocritical New Perception: Christians are transparent about their flaws and act first, talk second.
Cultivate love and relationships New Perception: Christians cultivate relationships and environments where others can be deeply transformed by God. Love Homosexuals New Perception: Christians show compassion and love to all people, regardless of their lifestyle.
Not Sheltered New Perception: Christians are engaged, informed, and offer sophisticated responses to the issues people face.
Respecting Any Political View New Perception: Christians are characterized by respecting people, thinking biblical, and finding solutions to complex issues.
Non-Judgmental New Perception: Christians show grace by finding the good in others and seeing their potential in being Christ followers
What is it going to take to turn things around? A lot of re-thinking is necessary in order to move forward from the names the world has given us. We were created in God’s image, and are to be known for the love we have for one another…
Not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond image. -- Mona Lisa Smile
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