You know one of my biggest concerns right now is how Christians are percieved in the world. It seems like most of the places that you look people don’t really like us. Lately as I have been watching Christians outside of my local church I don’t really like us either. How in the world did the public face of Christianity become a bunch of people with a political agenda. How can a group of people rally against Christian teenagers and legitmately believe that Christians are facist and biggots and full of hate. How did Christianity become synonomous with the Repulican party? How did all Christians suddenly become Warmongerers and haters.
This happened not because there are stupid people who are the face of Christianity in America. There are some really stupid Christians who have made the whole point of public Christianity political, but that isn’t why people can say theses things about us. The reason that people can stand up and say that Christians are full of hate is because the local church has stopped loving the world. It isn’t the public people’s fault. It is our fault. If we in the local church were actually reaching out to our neighbors in love then when those crazy people speak out in public and say that “God hates fags” and they change Jesus from a savior into a candidate everyone would know they were crazy. If every time people were hurting or down there was a Christian willing to help them up and not push them further down then when those few renegade groups acted stupid people would know that they are an isolated case.
But the problem is we have stopped loving our neighbor. We have created a holy clique and we have made Christianity more about what we are against than who we are for. I am all for laws that are based on God’s laws, but if we don’t stop trying to legislate Christianity and start trying to love people we will never actually make a difference in this world. Having a rally and making people out to be the enemy may get a law passed, but it won’t make an actual difference. Loving the people that you are passing laws against and treating them like they are people too will.
We are killing this “Christian” nation not because we aren’t boycotting Hollywood or marching on city hall. We are killing this nation because we as Christians have forgotten how to love.
(This whole rant was started by this video. I think Luce does a good job, but I don’t know if sending teenage students to protest in the middle of San Fran was his best idea. It wouldn’t make as much news, but sending students to serve (and I think they may have done that too) would have a better chance to actually impact our nation.)