In his book “UnChristian”, David Kinnaman found through research that Christians are known for such things as being:
- Too involved in politics
- Out of touch with reality
- Insensitive to others
- Not accepting of other faiths
Over a breakfast of eggs and toast this morning I was reading in Romans 12. The heading above verses 9-21 read “Marks of the True Christian”. The following are quotes straight from that text:
- Let love be genuine
- Outdo one another in showing honor.
- Be fervent in spirit
- Rejoice in hope
- Patient in tribulation
- Constant in prayer
- Seek to show hospitality
- Live in harmony
- Bless those who persecute you
- Never avenge yourselves
- Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
- Overcome evil with good
That’s in quite juxtaposition to what Kinnaman found. God’s word tells us what the marks of a true Christian should be. They should know we are Christians by these things. We need to be living this! So frankly, I don’t care if they think I am old fashioned, as long as they also see me associating with the lowly, and rejoicing in hope. My genuine love for others should far outshine the fact that I am indeed antihomosexuality. I don’t want to be judgmental, but living in harmony with all people. I may not be accepting of other faiths for salvation, but I still want to show them honor.
Take some time today to pray through Romans 12 and ask God to reveal to you ways that you can honor Him, and represent Him better here on His earth. And when the Holy Spirit convicts you of something, or shows you something to do-ACT ON IT!