Our image is broken from our past and instead of showing our changes and who we are and what we believe; we have pulled out of a society that has become judgemental of us. Instead of fixing the divide that is hurting our standing in the eyes of the very people we hope to save, we engage in these semantic arguments with atheists that leave us looking just as out of touch as we think the opposition is.
To show our faith we must take the moral high ground and not meet the people who see the world differently than us in a mud slinging match that no one profits from but them. Both of us are acting like sulking children and they have us right where they want us, reacting.
We have to prove our convictions through our actions not our words. We will attract more to Jesus through our love of Him, love of others and faith rather than through the philosophy of one up man ship. We are trying so hard to prove the Truth to others that our dogmatic defence clouds that very truth. Truth is pure on its own and does not need our defence but our willingness to live and breathe it to set an example. People want truth but will be blind to it as a mechanism of defence from all the false claims of truth that exist in the world. Our human nature to trust and love is buried in a time of cynicism and outlandish greed. We as a society live at a time where trust is a sign of weakness and people are constantly vying to be right. This leads humanity to second guess everything because Fox news says one thing and CNN another. Both claiming to be right and leaving us having to pick the truth we want or can understand. We are forced to pick a side. Consequently, the idea of truth is a game. There is no pure truth in the world anymore and we are shocked that people don’t see what we see in the Truth of Christ. Can you blame them? Truth is in information and information is for sale. What you hear and see on the news or internet is in serious need of discernment. We know that we have to second guess everything placed in front of us because the truths most see today is an angle, a business.
So here lies the rub. If truth is for sale in today’s climate, how do we as believers show truth but not try to sell it because that sale brings about authenticity issues in most people’s finely tuned modern world defences? We need to show ourselves as trying to live the Truth not trying to prove it! As I mentioned earlier, we are caught in a debate that we can’t win because if the atheists have us reacting to their vitriol with our own than we seem like the Republicans and Democrats at election time, both full of crap. People will opt not to choose and even though we have the truth they will not listen, an unfortunate heuristic of modern survival.
Our faith is pure but our love of our neighbours is not. We must treat those who seem to attack us with the same love as those who do not. Jesus says to turn the other cheek but we seem to be out ready to accept any fight. How can we as Christians show love while we are caught up in a grade 2 slap fight. We are closed to openness, and defensive to criticism. Some Christians hang hell out there as if it is our judgement to make. Some Christians seem smug and walk with the swagger of someone in the know; however the appearance of vanity leads us to be unapproachable. We can’t slam our faith down someone’s throat through superiority because modern humans look at a good thing and wonder what the catch is.
Jesus sells Himself and we just need to love Him and each other, live the way we know we should through the teachings and keep our egos in check while the truth sweeps the world. We are responsible to God and we need to show that being Christian is to be humble.