I just started reading a book, recommended by my sister, called Unchristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. I can't say whether or not this book is worth reading, as I have just started it, and am only in chapter 2. I can say however, that I am intrigued by the subtitle and topic of the book.
"What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity
...And Why It Matters."
So far, this book has been used as confirmation to what I have been thinking, feeling, and sensing for a while now.
Many people no longer see Christians as representatives of a loving God who sees them as the object of His affection.
No, according to the research done for Unchristian, what many people have come to think is that we are hypocritical, insensitive and judgemental.
It is not even close to my hearts cry to impact anyone in those ways.
On page 26 paragraph 3 states that there is growing hostility toward Christians and that it is a reflection of what people feel they get from us.
QUOTE: "They say their aggression simply matches the over sized opinions and egos of Christians. One outsider put it this way: "Most people I meet assume that Christian means very conservative, entrenched in their thinking, antigay, antichoice, angry, violent, illogical, empire builders; they want to convert everyone, and they generally cannot live peacefully with anyone who doesn't believe as they believe."
WOW! Is this the message that the church is sending to the world?
I may be prolife, but I am not antipeople who disagree with me.
Nor do I want to be seen that way..
This book is not written from an opinion only standpoint, there have been countless hours of research and interviewing that has gone into this project.
I am intrigued. Captured, if you will.
I only hope that I will be further enlightened, and forever changed.
Jesus said "I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another." John 13:34
According to the research in this book, and from what I have seen with my own eyes and heart at times...
This is, much of the time, not the message others are receiving from us.
I do realize that Jesus told us to expect persecution. But, I do not believe that this, is all about that.
Some of it, maybe, but not entirely.
I am asking God daily to give me a fresh revelation of His love for me.
This is the only way we will be able to love others as He does.
This is the only way to show people that we represent a love, not a religion.
We can change this.
One person at a time...
Jesus will show us how.
Who has God placed in your path to love today?
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