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Where’s the noticeable difference?

July 19, 2007

I posted a comment on someone’s blog today that solicited a frustrated response. The owner if the blog is wrestling with Christianity and is frustrated with Christians and their hypocrisy. He had posed a great question about why there isn’t a noticeable difference between Christians and non-Christians if one group goes to paradise and the other to hell for eternity. My response wasn’t meant to be a “Christian” response, but rather is how I approach work, relationships, and all of life because I am a life-longer learner who is unsettled with ever thinking I have reached a point of not having more to change. I had asked, “How can we challenge each other and hold each other to live differently?”

As a group Christians are not doing well at supporting our words with actions. I agree with my “blog friend” on that point. In fact I have wrestled with even continuing to call myself a Christian because I don’t want to be lumped in with others who aren’t living a life that is different than non-Christians. I believe that people knew Jesus and his disciples were different back in Biblical times. I wonder if anyone I cross paths with in life thinks I am different.

Over the last few months I have had conversations with Christians about whether it is okay to drink and how much, go to race tracks and casinos to gamble, spend money on entertainment like movies and sporting events when you don’t tithe to the church first, what we should use the Internet for, and whether it is okay to use others unsecured internet connections. Do I live differently than my neighbors? Does the way I live make a difference to anyone? Is it noticed by anyone? Does it point anyone to God?

If I am claiming to be a Christian/Christ Follower/believe in Christianity, then what noticeable difference exists between me and someone who believes differently? Unfortunately I think the answer is ….. not enough.

One Comment leave one →
  1. heaintthroughwithmeyet permalink
    July 20, 2007 9:57 am

    first of all I am not here to comment because you just commented on my blog. But when I read your comment on my blog, I clicked on yours just to say what you been writing and dealing about. And I must say this is a great post!!!!

    I agree with you on the how do non-believers few us christians and do we show enough fruit so that people can see that we are truly born again?
    I wrestle with all those things myself. I guess the only thing we can do is learn and seek the Father daily. And try to be better everyday, to reach out to people that are lost.

    And yes, Believers (Christians) should challenege each other and hold each other accountable.

    Well thats my two cents

    Love ya

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