week 7: Don’t Tell Me, Show Me

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You turn on the news, you look on the Internet at news, you hear people talking about world events—there's a lot of bad stuff going on out there. The reality is, is that life is messy. The world's getting messier. People's lives are getting more dysfunctional. They're not getting more functional. The world’s not becoming more functional; it's becoming less functional. The truth is, is that this actually presents a great opportunity for Christianity.

You see, the first Christians changed the world because people could see so clearly the difference between Christianity and what was going on in the world. If we actually live our faith, if we actually live Christianity, it's incredibly attractive to people and it differentiates Christianity from all that's going on in the world. So let's get out there. Let's live our faith. Let's let people know we're Christian—not by screaming it from the rooftops. If we know anything about this culture, we know we live in a culture that's screaming at Christians, “Don't tell me. Show me.”

So let's get out there. Let's live our Christianity. Let's live authentic lives. And let's teach everyone in our local church how to do the same, and in order to do that we've got to get beyond the biggest lie in the history of Christianity.

In contrast to the culture of their time, the first Christians were warm, inviting, kind, and generous. They intrigued people simply by the way they lived. When we live Christianity the way it's intended to be lived, it's incredibly attractive—so let's get out there and live our faith.

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