Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Pathetic Segmented Life: Why People Stay Away From Church By The Droves

One of Mahatma Gandhi’s more famous quotes was supposedly spoken to a group of British journalists as they rode on a train through English-held India. He was asked, “Why is it that you speak so highly of Jesus yet you are not a Christian?” He quickly responded, “I would become a Christian… if I could just find one…” Since reading those words a couple of decades ago, I have been haunted by the cutting truth behind the observant eye of this Hindu world changer... If you stop to think about it, it’s a pretty audacious thing to call oneself a “Christian” in light of the literal meaning of the term... I wonder if I have ever met a bona fide Christian in all of my thirty-plus years of seeking to follow Jesus. To say that this is disappointing doesn’t begin to capture my feelings about this generation of the Church. -Steve Sjoren

Are we the kind of Christians that the Apostle Paul would have raised up? Are we building churches that Jesus and the first century Apostles would have any part of? Are we collecting members and "converts" and missing the mark when it comes to raising disciples? Of course any of us can throw stones at the church. The question is what am I doing to become a "real christian" worthy of the calling and bringing honor, glory, and fame to HIS NAME!


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