Be Different

I found something on a website that got me thinking. These days, so many people who profess to follow Jesus and so many places of worship have become so accommodating to the culture that they have sacrificed the very doctrines and beliefs that set them apart and made them meaningful in the first place. Here’s an example I found on the Colson Center website:

“Responding to a church’s tweet that celebrated all ‘sexual orientations and gender identities,’ a self-described atheist retorted, ‘[I]f your church is just preaching the exact same thing as the broader culture, what’s the point of going to church? Just imbibe the party line somewhere with more comfortable seats.’

CS Lewis once said something similar: ‘I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.'”

I heard a pastor say that the world doesn’t hate Christians because we’re too different but because we’re not different enough. Too many times they can’t tell the difference between someone who claims to be a Christian and one who does not.

We do no one any favors when we compromise away the core components of the gospel in order to be more relevant to the culture we’re trying to reach. If we end up with no real hope to offer them, what good are we? What purpose do we serve other than to waste people’s time and take up space in a building on Sunday mornings?

Jesus said we worship God in both spirit and truth. We are called to love people the way God loves us — not enabling us in our sin and endorsing our poor choices but redeeming us and transforming us into what He envisioned for us when He created us in the first place.

Remember, Jesus said to the woman caught in the act of adultery, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” and “Neither do I condemn you,” but He also said “Go and sin no more.” Compassion without convictions does no one any good; neither does convictions without compromise. We need both.

Let’s commit to holding fast to the whole gospel of Jesus Christ, not just the parts that make us feel good and are considered to be politically and culturally correct. That’s the only hope that can truly save the world.

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