There are three main goals of this blog.
- Reach others like myself who didn’t find the initial churches they were exposed to were a trustworthy example of a loving and good God.
- Help fellow Christians understand the messages that are being received by our neighbors.
- Use scripture, conversation, and study to provide clarity on what being a Christian means. Also to use this clarity to bring all Christians closer together and improve our consistency of message.
Why is this important to me?
Well, first of all, I believe there are receptive people out there getting the wrong message about Christians and about the Christian faith. That wrong message is making those people tune out and avoid us. Our Christian faith is not meant to be intermingled with earthly ambitions, like politics, money, or power. Political activism is the worst betrayer of the Christian faith, because politics is divisive, hurtful, and ambition-driven. Should we vote for politicians whose faith align with our own? Absolutely! Should we take public positions on social topics and tell the world how sinful it is? Absolutely not!
All Christians should care more about how a message is received than their intention behind the message. I’ve heard that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I’m not sure that is true, but I do know that our intent doesn’t convince anyone to accept Jesus. Our actions and our words combined with the word of God and the holy spirit in each of us is what acts as kindling for their fire or a bucket of water. All we have to do is get them to pay attention to the tiny fire inside them, make them aware, and allow them the opportunity to invite Jesus into their lives.
Not everyone can be saved, but that is between them and God. Our job is to try, despite potential diminishing returns. Try 77 times, but do it gently, Being present is sometimes all they need. For many, one day it’ll just click and make sense. For many others they will never be convinced, but if we love them (as an action, not a feeling, thought, or in words only) there will always be a chance.
We all have different backgrounds and life experiences, but we can find common ground in the things Jesus and his disciples have taught us. Together, anyone who contributes to the discussion, and myself; we will learn what being a Christian means and how we should act, say, and feel as Christians. We likely won’t come to a consensus, but through conversation we can come closer together in our beliefs.
I challenge you to challenge me. Please show me what biblical references make you disagree with me, this will force me to study those verses and your position and respond with my own verses and position. Through this back and forth we will grow as Christians together.