Great post by Carey Nieuwhof this morning… Carey writes:
It bothers me that Christians continually express shock, disapproval and judgment at the way non-Christians live.
You’ve seen it, and maybe even done it:
Doesn’t anyone believe in marriage anymore?
I can’t get over how many people today smoke weed.
Can you believe they just sleep in instead of coming to church?
Did you hear they moved in together? That’s so bad!
What’s wrong with our government? Why don’t they uphold biblical values?
Whenever I hear that, I I feel like saying “Do you seriously expect non-Christians to behave like Christians?”
Think it through.
Most people in the West no longer consider themselves Christian.
Or even if they use the term “Christian” to describe themselves, few believe in the authority of scripture or profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
So why would we expect them to behave like Christians? Why would we expect people who don’t profess to be Christians to:
Wait until marriage to have sex?
Clean up their language?
Be celibate when they’re attracted to people of the same sex?
Pass laws like the entire nation was Christian?
They’re not pretending to be Christians. Why would they adopt Christian values or morals?
I agree with Carey. As Christians, many times it is much easier to belly ache about how bad things are in our culture, and how evil the world is.
Truth is… we really can’t expect the world to live ‘Christianly’. Can we?
If you weren’t a Christian… if you didn’t know Jesus… would you NOT live differently?
Why wouldn’t you?
So… rather than crying foul all the time, maybe we should just get back to work, and make the changes one life at a time.
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