March 4, 2008
Marvelous little illustration. While there are Christians and churches who are doing what the cabbie suggested, and it is unfortunate he has not encountered them, we can all use a reminder and a push to do more. And I would argue we should do much more than just giving money or canned goods. It is one thing to toss some money at poor people, and it is another thing to go serve a meal at a homeless shelter. But then it is a WHOLE other thing to invite the poor into your homes, to enter into relationship with them. The church is not doing enough of this.
Thoughts? Hmm, other than being humbled by this story? Nope. I just want to put my tail between my legs and go home and live REAL Christianity. Not the one we talk about, but the one we live.<br><br>Much needed. Thanks!
You totally overlooked the fact that this guy almost got ran over by some Pentecostal idiot in a van. Maybe the driver WAS drunk.
How wonderful this illuistration is and I hope that I can show that to those who really need it. Not like the church who boasts about how many are attending and how much they have received. Or, the pastor to stands before the congregation proudly telling others how much she/he is giving to the church. I think I would rather bag beans and rice all day than listen to things of that nature, at least I know where the beans and rice are going. Jesus said to love God the Father and to love one another, even so slightly in some cases will bring others to the light that shines the path home. In God's Grace John
VERY WELL SAID, very important for us to discuss!!!<br><br>1) Is cabbie right? (I think yes)<br>2) Why aren't we doing this? It's clear in scripture. Is it just because everyone else is not? Are we focused too much on buildings and salaries? Why aren't we doing this?<br>3) how do they know we're supposed to be doing this?
I appreciate this illustration, but I appreciate your call to action even more. I think that you are completely right in saying "just participate." I think that many of us completely lose sight of the kingdom that is here all around us when we step out of participating. We get scared of "how to do evangelism" and dismiss great opportunities to live life with non-believers because we are simply too busy or uncomfortable. It is a shame and a sham for someone to call themselves a Christian and yet to not have one place in their life where they are actually participating with the people of this world. I'm not saying that all of us are professional evangelists. In fact some of us may go through life and never have conversations with people about who Jesus really is. But all of us should participate by living like he did and with whom he lived. "Just participate" to me means join a group with other moms or dads or common interests goers who are not Christians. Serve locally in your community. Ask God to put others on your radar who need solid Christians in their lives. I have a lot of Christian friends who do not do anything with anyone who is not a Christian. It makes me sad because I really truly feel like they are missing so much. I understand it because I have been there too, but that's why the "just participate" notion appeals to me so much. Just go and be with someone who you are not completely comfortable with. God will show up. You will be amazed at how much of the kingdom you will see in your new friend who doesn't know Jesus.
so . . .are we just gonna keep bloggin' about it ?
Well, awareness is the first step. Now, we can plan and act.
I think this is a great post! Christians seem to too often hold themselves aloof from the people Christ called us to serve. I try to get in there and get my hands dirty once in a while, but right now I am facing a dilemna: I was recently invited to accompany a young woman I know to a "pagan" event at a local park. My first response was 'Me!? At a wiccan event?? Now, that's rich!" Before you gasp in horror, consider this: I'm a young-at-heart-middle-aged woman who tutored this young lady her last few years of high school. I look on her as a friend and a daughter, and she KNOWS I'm a Christian.<br><br> Here's her reply, "Well the only reason I thought of you was you get along with most everybody, you don't really seem to care bout my involvement in it, and it's pretty much a big party,..." <br><br> I DO care, of course, but I also know that being overly negative towards her curiousity would probably mean that I would no longer be allowed to be an alternative influence in her life. I have an affinity for "fantasy," which is pretty much how I've treated our discussions thus far, but I'm not sure I will know how to act in a real world setting like this. I looked at the website and I have to admit that I'm creeped out by it. My young friend--whose experience with Christians isn't much better than the Iranian's until she met me--is one who likes to present a "dark" side, (in order to protect herself from being hurt--and with a history that warrants it) but in reality is as gentle as a lamb, vulnerable, and is truly seeking. I think I'd rather endure the creepiness in order to be at her side, than let her go alone and leave her open to predators. <br><br> Thoughts? Who better to ask than you all?
Cue "Stained Glass Masquerade" by Casting Crowns<br><br>Need to be human to witness to humans...God was well aware of this when He sent His Son as a human.<br><br>I stopped going to church because I had to be fake. Everyone acted fake. (I'm not saying they were fake...I know many of them were very loving God-loving people). You can't really admit a sin without being preached into the ground. You can't be allowed to hurt without being told you shouldn't be hurting. You can't go through a tough time without someone telling you with out of can responses its temporary. As if in the middle of drowning being told you're going to be saved is comforting. (give em an oxygen mask!)<br><br>I'm sorry. I'm coming across as bitter...but I'm someone who loves Jesus and grew up in the church and believes fully in the Bible and its truths. I can only imagine how someone on the outside feels.
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