What’s wrong with people? This seems to be the theme of most social media posts this past week. Most of these posts are in response to the recent law in New York that basically says a baby has no rights until it makes it outside of the womb. Even though that baby could come at any point after 21 weeks and be viable, you can take its little life in a horrible and painful way. The kicker for most people is that in New York you cannot get the death penalty no matter how horrific your crime. So, an innocent baby can be killed but that serial killer that chopped people into to little pieces and had them for dinner gets to live? What? That doesn’t even make any sense! So, we are outraged. We are sickened. We are angry. We are on a posting frenzy of all the pro-life websites we can find with all the incredibly compelling stories we can find.
Several years ago, my oldest son and I had a conversation about how we have never had our minds changed by someone’s angry rant or social media post. NEVER. It doesn’t work. It is ineffective, but yet we are compelled. Why? Because we want “them” to know. “Them” being anyone that is not with us, right? So who is “them”? To figure that out we must first establish who “we” are?
“We”, for the most part, are the ever shrinking population of believers. We believe Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again to life. We believe that church is essential to having a good week. We believe the Word of God is not only true, but holds life giving principals that need to be studied(usually with friends and food!). We believe that small groups were created for us to do life together and have accountability(whether in Sunday school or at someone’s home). We wonder what ever happened to training union? Like… did someone decide that studying God’s word together once a week was the absolute limit? (Another blog post for another day…) “We” are believers.
So… What IS wrong with people? I grew up spending every Sunday, Wednesday, jubilee, Vacation Bible School, revival, and dinner on the ground at my church. I was taught that God is good and life is valuable and we should be kind and we should love and we should abide by ten specific rules(just kidding… there are over 300 rules, right? yet again… another blog for another day). Do “we” really expect “them” to think and respond the same way we do to every issue when, for the most part, “they” have no idea who God is or what the Bible says? They have not attended church regularly and never studied the Word of God and never been to revival in July in Alabama when the preacher is talking about hell and the humidity is at least 110% with the temp at 104.
What’s wrong with them you ask? Friend. Can I gently suggest that “We” could be part of what’s wrong with them? Christians not acting like Christ could be what is wrong with “them”.
- Romans 10:14- How will they know if you do not tell them?
- In Matthew 7:7-11, Whatever you ask(in accordance with God’s will) will be done. (Mark 11:24, James 4:3, John 14:13-14, Philippians 4:6-8)
- James 14:26(14-26), Faith without works is dead.
- Matthew 28:19-20, Go… Teaching them… making disciples…in all nations
What would happen if we change our question? What if we ask, what is wrong with us? Instead of posting our scripture or rants or whatever, maybe we could grab some real face time with someone that doesn’t know God. Perhaps, we could share what God has done for us. Perhaps, we could share God’s story with them. Perhaps, there would be change in the world. Much Love peeps!