I believe there is enough evidence to blame the moral declension of America as much on complacent, judgmental and/or self-righteous Christianity as any movie theme, music genre or educational philosophy.
Jesus was different from the world around him. His difference was not that he didn’t dance, drink or hang out with the wrong crowds. The religious leaders of the day actually condemned him for hanging out with the wrong crowd. He turned water into wine at a wedding feast.
His difference was that, unlike the religious “right,” he did not abuse his power, but used it to benefit others.This is how we should be like Christ. We should use the gifts and abilities God gave us to benefit others- money, talent, hospitality, business sense. I’m not just suggesting for the church or even only through some church organization or committee, but in our day to day lives – within the sphere of influence where God has placed us.
This is not how most of the world would describe Christianity in America. Many, even in America, turn away from Christianity or leave it, because it has the reputation of being too judgmental, to the point of hypocrisy – preaching holiness, but living self-righteous lives; preaching love, but living out hate and prejudice; preaching all have sinned, but living as if only those different are sinning.
If we want to win America to Christ, we have to show America a true Christ by living more like him – sacrificing some of our blessings to bless others.
Philippians 2: 5-7: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
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