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A while ago someone highlighted an easy way to know what people think about Christians.  Google it.


Google, the search engine on most desktops, helps internet searchers by giving sugggestions on topics or highlighting the predominant searches others are making.  Type in "Christians are" and then work your way through the alphabet.  In a few moments it becomes apparent that the majority of "labels" or categories of filling in the blank are predominantly negative.  Apparently we have a "PR" problem.


Add to that is the rise in the population of those who describe themselves as "none" (as in "none of the above" meaning those self-describing themselves as not Catholic, Baptist, or Christian).  Then comes a more recent survey that indicates more and more people in America don't even know a Christian.  This in a nation that purportedly ascribes to Christian values and to which a majority of people say they are Christians.  There is a disconnect somewhere.


The confusion sometimes infiltrates the Church.  Ask around..."What does it mean to be a Christian?"  It's not meant to be a complex question or even hard to see in the life of someone you know.  It essentially means someone who is a follower of Jesus, becoming more and more like Him, and living the good news they have experienced with Him. 


A Christian is someone who is living by Jesus.  The Bible makes it pretty dramatic.  The Christian is someone whose old life was crucified...killed.  The Christians in the Bible were "dangerous"--unwilling to give allegiance to the powers in the world and living for a King that was turning that world upside down (read saving your life by losing it).


Len Sweet, theologian and historian, describes it thusly:  I am part of the Church of the Out-of-Control. I once was a control junkie, but now am an Out-of-Control Disciple. I’ve given up my control to God. I trust and obey the Spirit. I’ve jumped off the fence, I’ve stepped over the line, I’ve pulled out all the stops, I’m holding nothing back. There’s no turning back, looking around, slowing down, backing away, letting up, or shutting up. It’s life Against the Odds, Outside the Box, Over the Wall, the game of life played Without Goal Lines other than “Thy Will Be Done…My fundamental identity is as a disciple of Jesus–but even more, as a disciple of Jesus who lives in Christ, who doesn’t walk through history simply “in his steps,” but seeks to travel more deeply IN HIS SPIRIT. 


This is our calling.  Such a life changes the world.


Grace and peace


Pastor Ray



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