Today, I'm just solemn.
It's hard not to look around, each day this earth keeps spinning, and to not be more overcome with grief and confusion than the day before.
We are just downright cruel to each other. For no good reason, too.
Christ-followers are no exception. Mostly, you can't even distinguish the light amongst the darkness anymore. If, indeed, we are to be light to this chaotic world, then why must we all squint so hard to detect it at all?
On behalf of nearly a billion people who claim "Christian" as their label for themselves, I want to sincerely apologize to the other six billion of you.
Christians, or those who truly follow Christ (these days, there is a difference), are not immuned to sin, heartache, and trial. In fact, we are told in God's Word that we will most certainly face trials of many kinds "...but greater is He who is in (us)..." .
So, we'll still fail you, ourselves, and our God. The difference is, our God has showered us with immense amounts of grace and mercy because we simply accepted that enormously generous gift. That's it. We didn't do anything to deserve it. Nobody does. Nobody ever will.
If we are to be walking testimonies to those who don't believe in Christ, then what grade should we give ourselves based on our performance?
Do we love unconditionally? Do we reach out to serve, expecting nothing in return? Do we abstain from sexual immorality and see those who are immoral through the eyes of Christ? Do we nurture our marriages? Seek no accolades? Amend JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself)? Are generous givers? Speakers of truth and love? Encouragers? Leaders? Sharers? Faith-filled? Hope-filled? Joyful? Hard-working? Neighbor-loving? Mission-minded people?
We've failed those who have kept their eyes on us for so long. We've been more concerned about blending in than standing out? Why should Christianity seem appealing to the world?! We've turned it into rubbish. Made a mockery out of our own! Shame on us!
How many more people will we snub, shun, and turn away from Christ because of our behavior?!?
Huh?...I mean, really. How many will be enough?!? Is 500 million enough? No? How about 2 or 3 billion?!? Does that number upset you enough?!
These are souls, not just bodies. Just because you possess life eternal doesn't mean the game is over. Yea, you may have reached "Candy Land" but you always keep playing until everyone gets there, right?! At least, that's the way I've always played it.
So stop acting too good, too tired, too busy to actually recognize the fact that while this world rapidly goes up in flames, the lives that are burning with it, still hold a death sentence. An eternal death sentence.
Yeah, the teams are extremely uneven. They are overwhelmingly more in numbers. The task at hand seems incredibly arduous, at best. But, we can't cry "Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!!" each morning, noon, and night and just sit and wait to be rescued with a pina colada in hand and our feet up.
God's waiting for us to continue His Will that no one "should perish, but that all should come to repentance". I'm quite frightened to see how many missed opportunities their were, completely squandered opportunities, and how many lives were lost because of our actions "in the moment".
I pray we do better. The world needs us. They need to SEE that light. They are waiting for it. And they shouldn't have to wait.