Posted: 6/19/18 at 7:40am. Post by Tony Brooks.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
I remember the day when success in Sunday School was seen by envelopes with checkmarks: attendance, read the Bible every day, give an offering, etc. Perhaps a new scorecard is needed in this generation!
- Who is serving in the community? Are they serving in social organizations and sharing God’s love? Hospital volunteers, feeding programs, et. al.? In today’s culture, these things reflect more productivity.
- Are they sharing God’s love through media? I have seen way too many social media posts from Christians that were hateful during the election and now amidst the issue of immigration reform. Take this challenge: Search “Why are Christians so…?” You may be surprised by the results. Unchurched people are watching you, and they are looking for excuses to not be part of a church or to call themselves Christians.
- Are you showing God’s love even at church softball games? I had a former pastor once tell me about an opposing player: “I haven’t always been a pastor. I will be glad to meet you in the parking lot after the game.” He said it in a threatening way and loud enough for everyone to hear. Sometimes, secular players show more grace than the church. Here is a video example that illustrates my point.
It is time for us to show Christ-like behavior in order for us to make a difference in this culture and in our world!