In the past few years, the outpouring of “Christian” organizations and churches that promote hate and division has been staggering. Groups like the Westboro Baptist Church have done a number on the world’s view of Christians and Christianity. When these groups come on the scene, most Christians shrink a little further down in their chair and hope that no one notices them in the event that they are numbered with these hate groups.
Recently, Pastor Steven Anderson has made headlines by saying things regarding his hatred towards President Barack Obama and Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. With such statements (regarding Jenner) as “I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to Hell.” Interestingly enough, this man has a congregation – meaning he has people who agree with him. It’s no wonder how the world will turn its back on Christianity in the End Times when you see people like this making waves in public media.
The problem for me isn’t that these people are wrong or mislead, it’s that we aren’t seeing more Christians standing up to say “that isn’t the Jesus I serve” or condemning him for the beliefs that we end up being lumped into. People already have a difficult time with Jesus as it is, add this to the number of reasons people are turned off to Christianity and Christians, and you have a lot of “good” reasons.
We as Christians have one of two choices to make in today’s world. We either cower in our churches and leave our Christianity there where we feel safe and have others who are like us to fill our need for community, or we stand up and adamantly proclaim that these aren’t real Christians. We show our faith in our actions as James says in the Word. Our actions don’t save us, but they could save Christianity.
In reality, many people likely will not like you when you stand up for what you believe in. This isn’t about telling people they are wrong or they are going to Hell if they don’t convert, this is saying, “I believe in Jesus, and that isn’t the same Jesus that changes lives”. We have to defend the Gospel in the midst of all the hatred people feel toward Christianity. We have to put aside argument and debate, and stand on the simple principal that Jesus died for our sins, and when we accept that in substitute for our punishment, we are saved.
God doesn’t call everyone to be a great debater or preaching of an amazing message, but He does call each one of us to share the Gospel with others and make disciples. We can’t do that when we hide our Christianity from the world.
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