October 12, 2009

Unchristian
Part VIII: Conclusion

Introduction
Hypocrisy
Proselytizing
Antihomosexual
Sheltered
Too Political
Judgmental
Conclusion

Quite frankly, I liked this book a lot. It was very fair and balanced in its approach. I was a little worried that it was just going to tell us Christians how we were doing everything wrong, but instead, it focused on saying, "Look, here is how we are being understood. Is this what we want?"

In that way, the book was very pragmatic. It isn't saying we are being immoral. Instead, it is saying that how we are doing things isn't working, and if it isn't working, we should try something else.

Now in many ways even the early church was misunderstood. Many thought they were cannibals (Eucharist language) and atheists (because they didn't worship idols). That's going to happen to us too as more and more of the culture becomes ignorant on what Christianity teaches. But instead of becoming upset at this, we should instead take it as an oppurtunity to get back to our roots, and focus on the heart of the message: Jesus Christ. We should focus on making sure that that message is communicated, and no others.

Therefore let us reach out to one another in love, and focus on the finisher of our faith, and put away the petty things that are dividing us. If Jesus is proclaimed, who cares about the rest?

3 comments:

Kim Shimer said...

Since you liked unChristian, I recommend checking out the new book nuChristian: Finding Faith in a New Generation by pastor Russell Rathbun. Rathbun issues a challenge to church leaders and all Christians and offers practical ideas for reaching out with a Christlike community that is humble, authentic, loving, just, holistic, and engaging. He's doing a blog tour for the book this week. Read more about the book and tour at this site: http://www.judsonpress.com/product.cfm?product_id=13514

Jc_Freak: said...

Thanks Kim. I'll look into that.

Bob Brewer said...

JC,

You wrote "If Jesus is proclaimed, who cares about the rest?

Amen Brother!

"John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us.
(Mark 9:38-40 ESV)

If Jesus is preached then I for one will rejoice!