In 1996 an independent
study done in America showed adults in this country expressed mainly skepticism
and distaste toward atheists and agnostics. This same research also showed that 85% of non-Christians
were favorable toward Christianity's role in society. In 2007 the group repeated the study and found that
America's skepticism had switched focus and swapped targets. Americans in 2007 aimed their cynicism
at Christians and Christianity.
The outsiders who
were interviewed commented that Christianity had a definite bent toward empire-building
and that Christians had become convert-focused rather than focused on creating
meaningful friendships, and that they could not live peaceably with
others. In this eleven year period
the opinion of non-Christians toward Christians went from being 85% positive to
overwhelmingly skeptical. Have Christians become known for what we are against
rather than what we live for? If
we are for love, why are we perceived as hateful?
In this type of
environment, the Christ who protected prostitutes and signed up sinners as
disciples may as well still be held captive behind the stone of the tomb in
which he was laid. Jesus, the friend of sinners, is nonexistent, or
nearly extinct according to those who Christians have labeled sinners.
In order to be relevant in society,
Christians must once again make the main thing, the main thing. And what is the main thing? LOVE! God is love and love is of God. The true Christ must be resurrected and
re-presented in his only accurate context - Love!
Quote of the Week
"Beloved, if God so loved
us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God at anytime; but if we love one another, God
lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
I John 4:11-12