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What Are You Known For?

August 14, 2012 21 comments

I see it all of the time on Facebook and Twitter.  Someone posts statuses that quickly let me know what or who they are against.  It may be a cause or political figure, family member or acquaintance.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve done it.

What about those of us who follow Christ?  Do we do the same thing?

I have noticed that we who claim to follow Christ don’t act a lot different than the world.  We take up causes that we seem to become known for more than the One who we say drives those causes.

We stand for the life of the unborn and, eventually, became known for being pro-life or, worse, anti-abortion.

We stand for traditional marriage and become known for being against homosexual marriage.

(For the record, I am pro-life and pro traditional marriage.)

We say that we hate the sin and love the sinner.

We become known for hating the sin, but are we really known for loving the sinner?

While declaring our hate for this sin, do we really love those we declare to be sinners?

I believe this has become such a cliche’ that we just blow through saying it as though that’s all we have to do.

Do we really love those who are pro-choice?  I know some do, but how about US?

Do we really love the homosexual who wants to marry their significant other?  I know some do, but how about US?

What are we known for?

Whatever!?!

January 15, 2012 3 comments

You might not have been cool like me.  You might have stayed home and watched Full House from 1987 through 1995 while it was on TV.  Me?  I was out having fun on Friday nights.

Those who stayed home on Friday night have told me that there was a character named D.J. who had a friend named Kimmy who had a boyfriend named Duane.  Those same people told me that whenever Duane was asked a question, he would answer, “Whatever!?!”  They say that Duane just had a nonchalant, not caring attitude toward almost everything.  If I had watched the show instead being out having fun, I might be able to testify to it.

Depending on what group you belong to or who you listen to, today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  And you are asking, “What does that have to do with Full House, Duane and Whatever!?!

I’m afraid that many of us, like Duane,  take a Whatever approach to life.  We take the same attitude.  We just don’t care.  We don’t care about things.  We especially don’t care about people.  We, as a society, don’t seem to care about life.  Sometimes we, the Church, do the same thing.

Sure, we care about being pro-life and hate abortion.  We all want to help kids.  But do we care about life elsewhere? Do we care about life inside the church?

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Why I Quit Being A Hater.  In it I said that I was going to quit being a “hater”.  I was going to let my love for Christ flow through and quit being negative.  Like I told my friend, David, this week, this is easier to say and write than to put into practice.

So, what does Sanctity of Human Life mean to me?  Sure, like I said above,  it means that I hate the thought of abortion.  However, it means much more to me.  It means that I want to promote a culture of life.  It means that I want to uplift others.

How do I put that into practice?

If you’re a regular reader you know that I am looking for a new church.  Perhaps we are about to zero in on that.  We are about to meet a lot of new people.  If we join this church, we are going to be gaining new brothers and sisters in our lives.  How will I live with them?

Will I live with them in unity?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I let no unwholesome word proceed from my mouth and only speak good words that will edify my new brothers and sisters?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I consider how to stimulate everyone to love and good deeds?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I be an encourager?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Will I speak the truth in love, with the attitude of building them up instead of tearing them down?  Or will it be “Whatever”?

Obviously, you know what I want to do.  My prayer is that I follow through on this.

How about you?  Do you take a Whatever approach when it comes to others?  Or do you look for opportunities to build them up?