I think it might be time to begin to go deeper in the problems we are facing as a society.
We have more people, things to do and information, than at any time in history. However, people are more alone than ever before also.
I believe that this all started when we began to stereotype everyone. Everyone has to fit into a box that either they or someone else has labeled them with. From that point on it was easy to convince us, in our natural thinking, that because we are all different, that the differences were “bad”.
This is where I believe American Christianity has really failed. We are supposed to be here as Jesus Ambassadors. We are supposed to be the ones loving our neighbors, caring for the widows and orphans, loving the least of these and overall changing society.
Unfortunately, I would say that we are failing at this point…
So, the question is why?
There are multiple answers, but today I am going to talk about the first, and I believe biggest shortcoming that has led us to this point.
We have allowed the world to tell us to be quiet, that we are wrong, and that when we speak there will be backlash. By doing this the world (Satan) has convinced us to give him free reign to do whatever he wants.
This all started by convincing the Church to water down the message of the Gospel, eliminating the need for the cross in each of our lives. When we began to be told that we could “be saved” by believing, while not sharing, that believing means our lives will be transformed into Christ’s image. We eliminated the need to be Born-Again and instead made it about “doing” certain things.
If we go to church, tithe something, and don’t be too big of a jerk in public. Then we must be saved. However, none of these things are found in the Bible as examples of Christ-likeness.
The example that is given again and again is instead suffering, trials and through those Christ-likeness and Christ-likeness is love for our neighbors, especially the Church.
When we lost the power of the Spirit in our lives, we began to operate in fear instead of the strength of the Spirit. Because of this, it was easy to convince us that we didn’t really have anything worth saying, and to silent us. From that point on everything was easy to turn away from Christ.
The problem is that we have quietly, and now without much resistance, allowed the world to tell and define people who they are. We have allowed them to be defined by what they can do, how they look, or by their identity. This may not seem like a problem, except no one, that is not saved, is going to identify themselves by their true identity… Created in the image of God.
Do you see where this leads? It leads to here, today.
Where people would rather live homeless than within the society, they take all kinds of substances to escape their own life and they will do horrible things to others without remorse or regard for life.
At the end of the day, we are alone because we have forgotten who we are. And people have forgotten who they are because, we, The Church, have forgotten that we have the answer.
Jesus the Christ! Not Jesus Christ like it is His first and last name, but Jesus the Christ. He is God with us and the promised One, the One that holds each one of us in His hands, waiting for someone to tell us who we really are.
So, today I pray that each person that reads this will share with someone around them the truth of who they are. That they are not what the world has told them. But, instead they are created, loved and cherished by Jesus their Creator.
Then give them a big hug and tell them how much you love them!
This will eventually start to change society and change the direction or life for so many.
Let’s do this!