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Unchristian: Values

October 24, 2007

I was reading an article where a Baptist Minster in South Carolina both gave and then retracted his endorsement of Mitt Romney. The pastor explained that he was simply saying that the values that Mitt Romney holds and his own are the same and so far as values go he agreed with Mitt Romney.

The book Unchristian by David Kinnamon and Gabe Lyons brings up the fact that believers statistically believe it is the values that set them apart and these values that are better than those of the world. The South Carolina pastor’s dilemma shows why this won’t work. He recognizes that the values of Mitt Romney, a Mormon, are no different than his values. In fact if you look at Glenn Beck he went with Mormonism because of their values and the fact that Mormons actually try to live theirs out unlike the Christians he saw.

Can you see why the minister had trouble? Can we understand why the message of Jesus has little traction today? The book also reveals that the majority of people believe that the Bible has good values but the issue is they also think other religions have the same values. They are right aren’t they? Mitt does have the same values doesn’t he? I know those Mormon commercials are certainly powerful.

Welcome to the Christianized world. Our values have become those of the culture, so much so that the world we live in doesn’t recognize any difference. Is that what we have gotten with our Christianized world? The inability to recognize Christ in it?

The book goes on to show that statistically there is little difference in how people view their values and those of born again Christians. What does this mean? Christians run around thinking their values are superior while everyone around them either has the same values or see themselves holding the same values.

I think this is something good to ponder. What does it mean? We certainly are called to a certain lifestyle but is it something more? For me reading this section of the book reminded me that believers are often known for what they are against, not what they are for. Can we see how being a nice person and not killing anyone doesn’t really say much to a lost world? They are nice people who don’t kill anyone too.

What does it mean to the church today? What does it mean to you? What would we do and say differently to show Christ to show where those values come from? I’m interested in your thoughts.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Sexton permalink
    October 25, 2007 1:32 am

    An atheist can be a good moral person, not kill anyone, and what does that prove?

    There is far more to Christianity than moral values, but we don’t bother with that stuff anymore in most churches as far as I can see.

    I frankly will worry about politics when the New Testament shows me that I should. I will participate in war when the Gospel tells me that I need to.

    We are here to bring the lost to Christ, and in doing so, helping to restore a lost humanity. Why that isn’t happening is the best clue as to where we are failing God as His people.

    Did I miss some clause in the teachings of Jesus… one that pushes me to worry about earthly governments and teaches me that killing another human is OK in God’s sight?

    Still praying for my enemy…

  2. October 25, 2007 2:18 pm

    I don’t think that atheists being “good, moral people” poses us as much of a problem as Christians ONLY being “good, moral people.”

    Because Jimbo’s right — we ARE called to radically counter-cultural lives that show the world what real humanity is supposed to look like.

    When we stop preaching gospels of sin management and stop telling people that “being nice” is the heart of Christian values….


    …START teaching (and LIVING) the truth that Christians are called to be and do for the world what Jesus was and did for Israel – then our values will be profoundly different from the sin-enslaved world.

    in HIS love,

  3. October 30, 2007 4:32 am

    Great post.
    You make me think.
    I like it.

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