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Don’t Be Ridiculed for the Wrong Thing

For most of my life, Christians were laughed at or ridiculed for the wrong things.  The non-believing culture made fun of boycotts, our protests over irrelevant issues, or crazy promotional stunts in the name of the gospel.  Far too often, some Christians took the “peculiar people” scripture way out of context and actually prided themselves on how wacky they could be perceived.  Sadly on Christian TV, it was our big hair, cheap suits, or tacky furniture.  But what really should separate us from the world are the things that
only kingdom minded people should understand.  For instance, what if we threw parties at funerals?  After all, uncle Bob just stepped over into eternity.  Sure we’re sad he’s left us, but man, think about where he is right now.  Party time!  Or what if we actually sold everything we had and gave it to the poor?  We’d be ridiculed, but for once it would be for the right thing.  Or what if Christians became known worldwide as peacemakers?  Givers?  Servers?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what RIGHT things we could be criticized for that would actually make a positive impact in our culture today.

Any suggestions?

 

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  1. I remember in seminary Elmer Towns saying “Be different but do not be weird. Too many Christians are just plain weird”

    I think of be ridiculed for doing things like standing up for human rights, standing up for those who are in need of grace,and things like that.

    Just my two cents.

  2. If a giant, sweaty fat guy is preaching at me to eat less, exercise, lose weight and eat in moderation; I’m going to ignore his sermon.

    That’s the way folks see Christians. That’s the reason they are accurate in calling Christians hypocrites.

    Take off the mask, be who you are (fallible/vulnerable/human). Let me know you struggle with the same things I struggle with.

    Stop boycotting and talking AT me about being Christlike and walk WITH me on the journey show me (with your actions) how to become more Christlike.

  3. Caring for others, not backbiting because someone did you wrong, forgiving others and letting them off the hook, like Jim F said standing up for people who are in need of grace.

  4. You couldn’t have said it more accurately. I agree! Most Christians always speak of righteousness on their high horses. Keep your feet on the ground! Do not act as if you are a perfect bunch.

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