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Secularist View: Part 2

March 14, 2009

My original point was not whether or not this is good or bad but how do we share the Christian message or interact with the world since this is true.

The discussion that followed brought out another point. Why do we believers attempt to change or fix or attack this fact instead of learning how to deal with it?

It seems to me that Christians spend the majority of their time attempting to either stop or reverse this secularist view. Do you agree? I receive email after email from others who want me to contact my congressman or sign a petition all in hopes of changing this reality. Is this really what we as Christians are supposed to be about?

Please don’t forget that my point wasn’t that Jesus came to a religious world and it was better. My point was Jesus came into a religious world and it was different. Christians were killed because they wouldn’t pledge their allegiance to Caesar and call him god. That was religion.

This brings me back to my point. Why do we argue better and worse? Why do we seek to change the world from the outside in?

Jesus warned that “Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:44-46

So why do we think attacking what is outside, a secularist view, is the answer? Christianity didn’t impact the world from the outside in, it did so because people were touched on the inside and they produced fruit in keeping with this change. Maybe it is because we have become satisfied with calling people Christian instead of living like one.

I believe the church spends far to much time trying to change the secularist view instead of learning how to share the gospel within it. If we want to see the world change we should work from the inside out. Helping people to see the importance of transformation and salvation in Christ, letting the Spirit move.

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  1. March 14, 2009 11:25 am

    This I agree with. When the Church was baptized in the dirty water of Constantine, we have struggled with wealth and power ever since.

    Do you know Michael Spencer? Have you read his recent article “The coming Evangelical collapse? It is very insightful. One quote is:

    “Being against gay marriage and being rhetorically pro-life will not make up for the fact that massive majorities of Evangelicals can’t articulate the Gospel with any coherence. We fell for the trap of believing in a cause more than a faith. ”

    So yes, I think you are right, we have, like those in the days of Constantine, consented to calling people Christians instead of living like one!

    His Power is found in our weakness

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