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things Christians like #1
02/12/2009, 8:18 am
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As I have said, sometimes I get frustrated with the church and Christians in general. We are so predictable! In fact, we have created our own little culture so we can survive in our own little religious bubble away from the rest of the world and all the dirty little things we don’t want to be around. Which is ironic considering Jesus was a friend of sinners, was often found eating with them, and some of His best friends included dirty fishermen, adulterers, lepers, and the risen dead. My, how far we’ve come!

So I’d like to do a random series of posts highlighting some key elements in our Christian culture which have little or no relevance to faith, hope, and love.

First, Christians like pictures of poor, dirty children.

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As creepy as that my sound, it makes us feel good to see these heart-wrenching pictures and drop a dollar in the offering plate so someone else can travel around the world and buy these street kids a pair of shoes.

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I completely support missions. But I don’t support lazy people who are satisfied on the good feeling of sending in a few bucks. Missions are meant to be life-changing both to the people who receive and the people who go.

Can you imagine what the church would look like if it became mandatory for each member to make at least one mission trip in their lifetime to really experience the dirt and filth and pain people live with everyday. Can you imagine what the attitude of the church would be if we really wept with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice, including the other side of the world?

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