We need to have some new answers. If someone asks if you are a Christian today, your answer is going to depend a lot on what that person thinks a Christian is. Based on that, you might want to say no. There are so many wrong ideas of Christianity out there now that it’s like stepping through a minefield to just try and talk about faith in Christ in the marketplace. If people have gotten their idea of what a Christian is from the media and a few bumper stickers, well there just isn’t enough room on a bumper to explain it.
Yesterday’s title was “Getting the right Jesus.” This is a little different. Having the right Jesus is one thing. “Getting Jesus right” is something else. It’s all about keeping Jesus in His image, not making Him into ours. This is one of the greatest temptations in following Christ — Making Jesus in our image.
Evangelism and discipleship are two big words for what Christians do for those who are Christians and those who are not. Traditionally, we “evangelize” those who are not Christians and “disciple” those who are. And there are countless strategies that have been developed for each of these down through the years, championed by pastors and lay people who have had lots of success with either, and each one claiming to be better and more relevant to the current culture than the last. And yet, I would like to suggest there is one simple biblical strategy that works the best for all aspects of ministry in any culture and any age, and it consists of three simple “Dick and Jane” size words:
“Come and see.”
by Elizabeth Shirk
Elizabeth is our new “millennial writer.” She lives in inner city Chicago where her father is a “missionary” to the art culture there. Elizabeth recently graduated from college with honors and is pursuing a career in teaching. Their home is within earshot of some of the recent rioting. <email@example.com>
Trinity is a beautiful, intelligent, courageous black teenager. She has participated in peaceful protests several times over the last few days, calling for justice. I had the opportunity to watch this beautiful young woman on a Facebook Livestream the other day. Her words stopped me in my tracks.
We need to be uncomfortable.