Are you worthy to be called a Christian?
So many Christians look at what’s happening in this world today and see it as a sign. They call it a “sign of the time” and proof that Jesus is coming back soon.
Even though this sounds holy at first, it is often the easiest excuse for us to turn a blind eye to the suffering in this world.
It is easy to calm the conscience with the thought of the imminent rapture. If Jesus is coming back any minute, why bother? It’s only going to get worse so it’s best to hang tight with a bag of Doritos and focus on end time conspiracies.
This attitude has a lot of negative long-term consequences on this world. It undermines who we stand for and molds us into empty shells with empty words. We’re seen as puppets without legitimacy to influence society with words we ourselves don’t follow.
Where pastors had an important role in society not too many years ago, it looks very different today. Roughly one-quarter of the US population has little regard for the pastoral influence in their city or neighborhood. Another quarter holds a negative view of pastors in general (Barna).
These numbers tell us a lot about the acceptance of our faith in the culture. People have lost the perceived value in Jesus Christ because of our bad representation of him.
Called by my name
While we are waiting for the rapture, life is moving on. Since God’s people are silent, evil gets to set the agenda. The king of the air can rule and slaughter freely because we are huddling in our churches.
Passivity is still an action. By choosing to stay put, we are proclaiming that we either don’t care or we are too afraid to act.
Now, why would they want to join such a club? They know the church is the hands and feets of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). It’s not a far stretch to assume Jesus is like his people.
The church knows that Jesus is not scared and wimpy but mighty and powerful. We know his heart and his intention to crush the devil with his feet (Genesis 3:15). Our goal now is to close the perception gap the world has of him by starting to act according to our knowledge.
Pick your evil
Me and my wife served as missionaries a few years back. It was around that time we started digging into the world of human trafficking. As we read more and more about this horrific crimes, we were shocked to discover how vast the networks span.
Girls and boys as sold from an early age, even as babies, to the highest bidders. Mostly, they end up in a cycle of rape and sexual abuse. The only reason my daughters are not going through that right now is because they born to us and not to someone else.
By the time they grow up, these girls will be raped thousands of times. Even if they can escape the situation, it will be very difficult for them to live a somewhat normal life. The psychological damage and pain they experience are more than any human can handle. Naturally, they’ll try to numb the pain.
Brothers, this is happening on our watch. The church is sleeping while our daughters are being massacred by the world. Pimps are making millions of Dollars through the tears of the innocent. At the same time, we are offended because our local golf club closed down for the weekend.
Culture and Impact
The situation we are in now is the results of our passivity in the past. We are accountable to God to use the gifts and opportunities he provided us to bring the kingdom to the earth.
Be a father to a child that is not your own. Look into foster care or adoption. Those kids need desperately what you have to offer. Pass opportunities impact real lives. It’s the difference between an evangelist in Thailand and a prostitute in Amsterdam.
They might be the same person but the touch of God through your hands changed their destiny.