Posted by: sailingspirit | April 11, 2011

Americanism and Christianity Mutually Exclusive

America’s compartmentalized, secularized culture makes it easy–almost guaranteed–to be hypocritical.  Western Christians often forget that the origin of our faith is not western, but eastern!  It was meant to be a whole lifestyle, as anyone who reads the entirety of Jewish laws will quickly find out.  Our style of believing–sit down for this–is not the original!  Christ was not American!  People “over there” have every right to be mystified and even disgusted by the Frankenstein we have made.  I would run away, too.

I regret I cannot give proper credit, but I remember this (paraphrased) statement that made such an impact on me: “We push God out of our schools, out of our workplaces, out of our government, out of our entertainment, out of our homes, out of our relationships–and then when things are going poorly, desperately demand where He is and why He isn’t doing anything???”  That’s not only rude, that’s insane.

Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others might get a better idea of Christianity from Texans, or Mexicans, who display their faith as if they’re paid by sponsors to do so.  You can’t hardly find a motor vehicle that isn’t labeled!  It’s out there, no two ways about it.  Why are we not bold enough to go beyond a fish decal?  How much hate crime has actually happened against us for displaying our faith, to justify our reluctance?

I have a bookmark on my desk that reads (Rev. 12:11), “They overcame [the evil one] by…the word of their testimony….”  The bookmark is itself see-through, and is filled by the word “TRANSPARENCY.”  If our heartfelt testimonies are effective with each other, why would we not believe–especially supported by this quote from Revelation–that they would work with non-believers, too?  If we are willing to become more transparent, more vulnerable, admitting our shortcomings and failings, and using the stories of ourselves before and after Christ’s intervention, I think they would really start to see.  If someone asks, “Why don’t you act more like Christ?” tell them, “Before I didn’t know any better.  But now I do, and I’m working on being more like Him every day.  With God’s help, by this time next year, I’ll be the best me anyone has ever seen!”

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