“Christian” is a loaded word, bringing to mind the best or the worst images.
Where did that word come from? Who coined the term? What is it supposed to mean?
Over the course of several weeks, we will re-examine the “Christian” brand -
and discover what it must mean if we claim it.
“Judgmental” is an ugly word, but people who criticize Christians often use it, saying we set ourselves up as the judges of the world. But, our brand is supposed to be different than that. There’s a significant difference in our responsibility to each other as believers in Christ, and our responsibility to the world. It’s really important that we don’t get the two confused!
Jesus spent three years of ministry teaching his followers that their brand was the way they loved.
They won their culture; they didn’t conquer it.
Research done among non-Christian twenty-somethings shows that nearly 9/10 young people view Christians as "judgmental.”
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thorn bushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
I Corinthians 5
Love each other inside the church by helping each other be accountable to live like Jesus.
Love others outside the church without judgment.
Where did we go wrong? How can we get it right?
- Remember we are who we are by grace.
- Let God do his job.
- Stop judging non-Christians. Love them.
- Empathize with them.
- Enjoy them, spend time with them.
- Pray for people specifically.
- Live out your faith authentically.