Monday, October 29, 2007

The vocals are great, but it's the text that rocks the house

One of my best friends in the whole world sent me this link this afternoon. If this doesn't hit us where we live in the church today I don't know what does.

I received a book last week (unchristian: what a new generation really thinks about christianity ... and why it matters) that points to some sobering realities about how those who do not embrace christianity actually perceive those who do. I've not gotten too deep into the book yet, but skimming the chapter headings will give enough information for this post. In short, here are some snapshots of how those who do not embrace Christianity see professing Christians:

  • Hypocritical: Christians say one thing but live something entirely different.
  • Get Saved!: Christians are insincere and concerned only with converting others.
  • Antihomosexual: Christians show contempt for gays and lesbians.
  • Sheltered: Christians are boring, unintelligent, old-fashioned, and out of touch with reality.
  • Too Political: Christians are primarily motivated by a political agenda and promote right-wing politics.
  • Judgmental: Christians are prideful and and quick to find faults in others.

If that's the way professing Christians appear to those who do not profess a relationship with Christ, then who in the world would want to be one? We gotta change how we do and say stuff to each other and to the world. Gloria Gaither's text is a good start.


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