A Life of Protest
From our talks about protests, I have gained a greater respect for hearing what message is trying to be conveyed. I look forward to evaluating any future feelings that I have about protests.
What it comes down to is enjoying the freedom to protest something we don't like.
As a Christian I do not expect this country or world to line up with what I believe in but I welcome Christians to use the rights of this country to have a voice. The problem I have is when Christians want to use those rights to take away other group’s rights if they do not line up with a Christian worldview. Stop it!
When people talk of not protecting groups of people who are being killed or kicking people out of this country, somehow arriving there with a “Christian” worldview, all I can think about is all of the Christians have been killed and are being killed.
If Christians don't want to be discriminated against then they cannot discriminate against other groups! How does that work? I think Christians are asking to be discriminated against by trying to oppress other groups. Soon it will be very difficult to be a Christian. It won’t be the norm and it will be a burden. I think that is about the time we will finally decided to start being real Christians.
Do you want your country to look like Christianity? I’m not sure if that even should be our goal. If a country looks like Christ because they have all begun to follow Jesus, then I suppose we have achieved the true goal, but moralistic Christianity legislated by government is not the answer.
A Life of Protest
Christianity is supposed to be a life of protest. We protest against our own sinful nature that desire to rebel against God and our lives should visibly be a protest to those who live according to that nature.
Just like any other protesting movement there is a variety of perspectives that are labeled under the same movement. Some reflect well on the group and others make the group look bad. That does not mean that we leave the group. I think that it is quite the contrary, we must work harder to show that the group actually stands for. Really we, at times, can end up protesting within our own protest.
I suppose that this blog is a call to action. We Christians MUST reflect our Lord, Jesus. Until the Universal Church does and until every eye as seen and every ear has heard, our work is not done. We are not done. I have to reject those things that are in my life that do not glorify God. I must protest myself. “He must increase, but I must decrease." For every time I have slandered the Lord’s name, I must repent. All I can do now is allow Jesus to come and enable me to be something greater than myself. If we are to protest injustice, simply looking in a mirror is a sure fire way to find it.
I’m not calling for people to do destructive things, but rely on God so much that our lives are transformed so much that the only answer will be that God is acting through us. Christians must be different. If we were then those who would reject us would truly be rejecting God. Right now I don't know if people are rejecting our hypocrisy or if they are rejecting Jesus.
I think we do this by getting to know God. We talk to God. We find out who God says He is through the Bible. We have faith conversations. We extend the love that God has extended to us.
A place for exploring the Church in the American context. Issues may get political, cultural, and philosophical — but it’s always personal.