Ignorant. Is that a word that describes Christians today? Is that a word that describes the condition of the Christian church?
In light of the failed Rapture (that many studious Bible believing Christians knew would not happen), the ending of the infamous Oprah Winfrey Show, celebrities and reality stars throwing out free advice on parenting and “open” marriages, political and religious leaders constantly under scrutiny for their moral failures, the global crises and oppression throughout the world, and the empty responses to the natural disasters that are killing people throughout the country, I wonder if people even care what Christians have to say concerning these issues, and more importantly how Christians take action and respond to them.
I don’t think enough of us are paying attention to what’s going on in the world around us. Our vision is limited to our work, immediate family, and maybe what goes on within the four walls of our church building.
As I understand the Bible, Christians (all of us) have a responsibility to lead!
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before me, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16 NIV
Christians should be a shining example: the leaders and influencers. We should reveal God’s best vision of living through speech, but most importantly through our actions. In this way, God is glorified through us. We cannot make an impact, however, if we don’t pay attention and know what’s going on in the world around us.
In his book entitled Discipleship of the Mind: Learning to Love God’s in the Ways We Think, James W. Sire writes:
“Every Christian should know a little bit about almost everything; some Christians should also know a lot about many things; others should strive to know all there is to know about a very few things.”
We must pay attention. Watch, pray, and then take the appropriate action out of our areas of expertise. We cannot afford to be ignorant in a lost world.
How do you see Christians leading? Do you feel Christians are engaged in intentionally shining a light and be examples for the rest of the world? In what ways are we ignorant?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011
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