Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What's Wrong with You?

How many of you have encountered someone who acts as if you're misguided, brainwashed or just downright gullible for believing in our Lord? One of my seminary textbooks on Evangelism (Evangelism Is...) shares some troubling numbers that jive with what Pastor Bob at Eagle Brook Church recently said: "We as Christians are like the last of the Mohicans."

We're outnumbered with everyone from civil rights leaders to college professors telling the world we're not only wrong, but offensive for having and sharing our faith.

As many of you know, I'm going on a Mission Trip in October and as part of the pre-trip training, we're studying a book called Prepare Your Heart. One of the lessons has us study Philippians 2:1-8 which says:

Philippians 2:1 -8

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like‑minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

To me, that says we should exemplify the love Christ has for us by extending that same love to everyone we encounter and do so with a humble, serving heart.

Sounds terrible doesn't it?

What a horrible idea. To treat others humbly and with love. What's wrong with us?

While the rest of the world might think we're off track and headed for the wrong side of political correctness, I think we should all try our best to live out Philippians 2:1-8 daily as we all know actions speak louder than words.

When the day is done, talk is cheap and love wins. Trust me on that, I've read the entire book, I know how it all ends.

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