Although there have been negative responses to Christianity as well as negative influences of Christianity, the essence of the Gospel is “Good News”. It’s tragic to me how so many who profess to be Christians can turn it into bad news. It causes me to question the legitimacy of their faith and ask if they have not substituted a form of religion for a personal relationship with Christ that brings love, joy and peace along with all the other fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus said that He came so that our joy would be complete. How could that possibly be negative? When I am living in Christ and He is living in me, I can’t help but be positive.
I believe the church should be known more for what it is for than for what it is against. We strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance at Woodlands Church in every area of ministry from the most important being our First Impressions ministry of greeters, ushers and parking attendants to our pastors. The bible teaches us in Romans 15:7 (NIV) “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
When I accept others as God accepted me, I demonstrate His love to them with a positive influence. I don’t judge them for who they are or what they’ve done, nor do I see myself better than anyone else. I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where to find food. If your perception of Christianity is negative, I’m sorry. Somehow someone has misrepresented what biblical Christianity really is.
I would encourage you to re-examine Christ and experience Christ rather than man’s creation of religion. Our mission statement at Woodlands Church is to help people experience Christ rather than man’s creation of religion so that they may grow strong in Christ and take the Christ experience from the community to the world. If you are a Christian, then smile; the joy of the Lord is your strength! Let others see Christ in you through your love for them and your contagious joy!
//Theological Thursday: Questions are welcome. Asking them makes our faith personal and real. On Thursdays I will be answering theological questions. Enter yours in the comment box below and I will select one each week to answer on our blog.