Christians Are . . .Posted: March 20, 2013
Ever since our fall into sin in Genesis 3, the effects have permeated everything and broken everything — bodies, hearts, minds. One of the effects on the mind is that there is a skewed understanding of what Christianity is about.
To some degree, our understanding is re-invented every generation; the effects of sin don’t change, but culture and sin’s pressure points do change. We are often fighting off accusations of being violent, or extremist, or close-minded. In order to address this image-problem, we can be proactive in avoiding those stereotypes when we interact with others. Sociologist and scholar Christian Smith, who wrote Lost in Translation, suggests that we can do this by being:
1. Convicted, but charitable, capable of good and constructive arguments.
2. Committed, but interested in reasonable, rigorous, fun conversations.
3. Serious, but not rigid or reactionary.
4. Evangelistic, but interested in other people not just as souls to save but as real people to learn from, as gifts for us to receive.
5. Caring about the right ideas, about truth, but interested in reciprocity.
6. Critical of the world, yet appreciative of the good in it as God’s good creation.
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