It’s been a long time since I blogged! But to make up for that, here’s an extra long one! Hold on tight, this could be a bumpy ride for some…
I have been thinking a lot lately about what it is we are doing here, as Christians. This weekend I was lucky enough to attend an event called “LOST- a youth event held in Limavady. The theme this year was “hope”. But more on that later.
One thing really stuck out to me, and it wasn’t even about the main theme, it was actually a completely different point altogether. It was about why we are here. Why we were there. What we were doing.
I have no idea what I’m doing!
I am a Christian. I try my best to follow Christ’s teaching and try to live out his love for me. I hope that I do ok. I hope that people will “see” Christ in me. But in all honesty… I’m a rookie. I’m just muddling along and I hope that maybe what I babble out can help someone somewhere…)
The speaker at the weekend talked about religion and faith. He mentioned that Christianity and faith aren’t about Protestant and catholic. It’s about trusting our Lord and saviour. There are loads of Christians in the world and yeah, we differ in our views of some things but at least 1/3rd of people believe in Jesus. Which is cool but it also lead me to think, well, what about everyone else?
I am a strong believer that “street preachers” scare people away from Christianity. Like, even as a Christian, I fear people preaching on the streets shouting “REPENT!” It’s embarrassing to me! I feel that if people are ever going to come to know Jesus it will be through someone meeting them where they are. Finding out what’s going on in their lives and showing them how Jesus can help. Not by shouting at them to repent!
We, as Christians, need to meet people where they are. Find out about them, CARE about them and ultimately love them.
Jesus met people. He spoke to them. He didn’t just preach and quote the bible at them. He learned about them. He loved them.
So many Christians are merely focused on sharing the gospel, which is great, but I feel it’s more important to share LOVE.
Jesus didn’t just go to churches and prayer meetings, he went to parties. He mixed with all sorts of people. Jesus was a cool guy! Water into wine? Hanging out with rebels and criminals? He wasn’t what we would consider a “holy joe”! He got out there and he shared his love with EVERYONE! Not just the lonely person at school, not just that lonely woman in church, but CRIMINALS! I’m not saying you have to go and find a jail and speak to bad guys, but Jesus loved everyone- the outcasts. The church has such a bad reputation for hating and condemning minority groups such as homosexuals, prostitutes and even those of different religions. This is not what Jesus did! He spoke to sinners and he LOVED them. He didn’t have to read huge chunks of scripture at them he simply said, on many occasions, “your sins are forgiven”, “you are loved”. He made people who felt worthless in society, those people who were rejected by everyone they knew, he spoke to them and he loved them and they knew that he was special, that he was different and they changed.
My point is, “why are we here?”. Why are you here? Why are you a”Christian”? Are you just here so that you can wear the badge and please your parents? Are you just here so you can Lord it over everyone else because you are holy? Are you here so you can make people feel small? Or are you here to make a change? Are you here so that you can touch others’ hearts and bring them to know the joy that you know? Because if that’s why you’re here, you need to start loving. Stop preaching, stop telling others their faults and failings and listen. Listen to what they struggle with, listen to what scares them and listen to their story… Then you can help. Even if it’s just a silent prayer, you don’t even have to tell them you’re a Christian Right away. Just show them kindness and love.
We are here to change the world. We are here to build Gods Kingdom. What can you do to start?
Why are you a Christian?
Jesus loved everyone, not just “good people”
Jesus was a cool guy who liked a bit of a shin-dig and he hung around with, what many would consider “the wrong crowd”
We should love everyone BY LISTENING to them and meeting them where they are
((I highly recommend listening to “If I was Jesus” a song by Paul Colman ))
As always please let me know your thoughts and / or any questions. And God Bless! (Also check out my other blog posts and, even though they’re old, feel free to comment!!)