How much of our society’s disgust with Christians is not related to our clear, gracious representation and proclamation of the Words and the Spirit of Christ, but is tied directly to too many of us simply being jerks online and being so in the name of Christ?
Jesus did say that we as His followers would be hated by plenty of non-Christians (John 15:18). However, this hatred would be directly tied to the pure message of Christ that we communicate through word and deed.
Just because we include the topics of Jesus, Sin, and some theology in our online communications does not excuse any inclusion of our own demeaning words, angry tones, and self-centered actions that are not representative of Christ and His message. When we act this way, we are not focused on developing our audience’s understanding of Christ and (hopefully) their subsequent agreement with Him. Instead, we are simply feeding our own un-Christlike desires to be self-righteous, judgmental, and vengeful.
Taking a stand in our society against the progression of sin is a must, it is inevitable. But, when we are jerks in how we go about it, the message of Christ is stripped of its legitimacy and any attractiveness it might have had to others.
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without [our] holiness no one [else] will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
~ Hebrews 12:14-15
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To My Fellow Pastors & Leaders,
Great leaders do not consider daily problems to be a distraction. Daily problems are THE terrain in which leaders journey. If there were no problems, most leaders would not be necessary.
When problems arise, displaying the proper can-do and will-do attitude builds confidence in those around us, and it encourages and equips them with a similar can-do and will-do approach to problems.
The retired 4-Star General, Colin Powell, said it well regarding leaders and dealing with problems:
“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.”
As leaders in various situations and settings, let us approach problems with graciousness, without complaining or degrading those who have the problem. Let’s approach the problems with a can-do and will-do countenance.
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Dear Fellow Christians,
Today, another headline of the life-and-death conflict between Islamic terrorists and modern civilization, and between a branch of Islam and those who profess Christ to be The Son of God.
The headlines can get to be very dark and have a massive influence on our emotional health for the day or week. It makes us want to avoid EVERY nuance of news, and to bury ourselves in the humor of funny memes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
With the easy access to the 24/7 news cycle, we can soon become over-consumers. We can over-feed on the news: our intellect can become shallow, our opinions can become soured, our view of life can become clouded with an unhealthy smog.
Just as unhealthy as chronic news consumption can be for us, so can our deliberate ignorance be very unhealthy. The attitude of burying our head in the sand (like an Ostrich does to hide from danger) leaves us unable to pray for specific trends developing in our world.
Each person is different on how much news they can handle, how much news amounts to over-consumption and taxes their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Let each of us find the balance that the Lord would indicate is appropriate for us according to how He uses us in prayer, evangelism, and service.
See you at the altar in prayer.
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