The Christian, Christian Outrage and Being Christian

November 12, 2015 on 1:49 pm | In Oh Yeah, Relationships, Religion | No Comments

As we enter the season of Christmas, it is a good time to ask what does being Christian look like? Here is one pastor’s thoughts:

Two things to keep in mind:

1. Christianity is at it’s very best when it is NOT state or corporate sponsored. Let us remember that Christianity began as a subversive and dangerous movement that put followers of The Way in direct conflict with the powers that be. Early Christians promoted radical ideals such as hospitality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. The first followers of Jesus did not rely on the local coffee shop to proclaim their beliefs because they were too busy putting skin on the things they so strongly believed. Church, have we really devolved to the point where we require the corporate world to do our evangelism for us? If so, then God help us.

2. We can feel a certain level of dismay and perhaps feel a little rage during the Christmas season, but, for the love of all that is holy, let’s get worked up about the same things that Jesus did.

For example:

16 million children live in poverty in the United States. This is a cause for outrage

There are over 600,000 Americans who are classified as homeless. This is a cause for outrage.

During the Christmas season, the average American will spend $804 on gifts and entertainment. The average American family brings home somewhere between $3000 and $4000 a month. If these averages hold, this means that we have succumbed to the advertising fallacy that we need to buy expensive things to show people how much we care about them. This is a cause for outrage.

Rev. Aaron Todd serves as the Minister for Education at First Christian Church-Midwest City, OK His complete post is here:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2015/11/its-not-about-the-cup-christmas-starbucks-and-fake-outrage

Have a good Thanksgiving and Holiday season.

OH

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