Can Christians focus on Jesus now? Please?
We all realize murder is wrong.
What we don’t seem to realize, haven’t yet learned, is that every other unkind thing we do to each other is just as wrong!
How can I leave you again? Some of you will recognize that question as the title of a John Denver song. Others will be reminded of someone. But who?
I’ve liked the song, How can I leave you again, for many years. Most likely ever since it came out in 1977. But the last few years, it has more meaning to me. Maybe, after reading this, it will for you as well.
How did Christianity get to be like this? You ask, Like what? Let me answer, initially, with a hint, rather than a direct answer. Some think one of the worst things to happen to Christianity was when Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. As history is showing, that’s more significant that most people probably realize. The parallels to what’s going on in the U.S. today are incredible.
Historians now debate whether “the first Christian emperor” was a Christian at all. Some think him an unprincipled power seeker. What religion he had, many argue, was at best a blend of paganism and Christianity for purely political purposes.
In light of that, should our hot button item be strictly focused on preventing abortion?
Or should our focus be on spreading the Gospel?
On getting people to understand why abortion is against God’s will, rather than only trying to make it against man’s law?
Shouldn’t we focus on the eternal souls of both the mother and the baby? Helping the mother to navigate a difficult time?
Loving the mother, no matter her choice of whether to go through with the abortion or not? Loving mother and baby if the mother chooses to go through with the birth?
Ultimately, shouldn’t we be more like Christ? We are, after all, Jesus’ representatives here on earth – until He returns. And that is part of what we’re to do per the Great Commission. Judgment is His, not ours. We are to love. Even, and maybe especially, when we don’t want to.
She doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t really want to have an abortion. But doesn’t know what else to do, because the Christians are screaming at her to not have the abortion. But then if she has the baby, she also knows those many of those same Christians have, under the name of their political party, made it pretty much impossible for her to support the child. And, few of them will offer any kind of help.
Tell me. Who all sinned in that scenario?
Here’s a question for Christians. Are you a light on a hill? Or a noisy gong? Or are you just wondering why I’m asking? It is a legitimate question. We’re supposed to be “making disciples”. But how? Are we supposed to beat people over the head until they finally give in? I know that’s been done. Is still being done. But is it what Jesus asked for?
The same can be asked of any “in your face” approach to making people become Christians. The thing about “making disciples” is that Jesus said a whole lot more than just “go do it!”. He taught us how. He was a living example of how to do it. But do we pay attention to that part?
Will Hollywood abandon Georgia over abortion? It was going to be the title of this article. It’s an interesting question. Also a web news headline. The question came up because of Georgia’s proposed legislation about making abortions illegal if a heartbeat is detected in the fetus / unborn baby / unborn person. But as I was writing, it occurred to me that a better title is “Will Christians abandon God over abortion”?
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