Do not worry! I am not going to get political here. I am going to get real. There is a deep divide in our country between those who are “other than” us. Every night the news is filled with people claiming the “other side” is lying. Nobody trusts each other. First of all, when did we get so polarized that everyone who disagrees is the “other?” It seems like we would rather block one side from winning a vote or argument at all costs even if it is best for the country than to let “the other” win. Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats. People are learning that the first instinct you should have if you are blamed for something or accused is to lie about it.
No wonder people have a hard time believing in the words we share about Christ. We tell the world that you can come as you are to our churches and yet, often when they do, they find people to be judgmental or self-righteous. We tell people that Jesus will love them no matter what, but we immediately tell people if they do not do it our way, then they are going to hell. We say we are a generous people and care for the needs of the poor, but we build multi-million dollar campuses and church-palaces to appease ourselves. We say that being a follower of Jesus is radical and different, yet they see the church goer live no differently than anyone else. I once had a friend tell me that their atheist friends were more like Jesus than their church-loving, God-fearing friends. OUCH.
If the world thinks that churches and organized religion is “fake news”, we have to change or do things differently. The Gospels haven’t changed. The message of Christ is not different than 2000 years ago. Maybe, as disciples, we have to see how we are sharing it with the world.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. -Psalm 19:14