“In order to see Christianity, one must forget all the Christians.”
That quote was made by a Swiss philosopher well over one hundred years ago, but it could just as easily have been made in the year 2016.
The truth is that saying that you’re a Christian doesn’t really mean that much anymore.
Not just because we don’t always back up what we say with our actions, but because there’s a lot of confusion in our culture about what Christianity is and what it stands for.
Christianity has long been victimized by the postmodern idea that it doesn’t really matter what you believe in as long as you believe in something.
So, we can make up our own versions of Christianity, call ourselves “Christians” and think that we’re all right.
For example, we can have different views on current hot button issues like gun control, the LBGT community, and the rise of terrorism in our world.
We can even throw out our favorite verses to back up our views, and come to completely different conclusions about what Jesus would do or say if he lived in our culture today.
But, can we all be right?
Do we really know what Jesus would do if he lived in our culture today?
Do we really know what he’d say in response to the most recent attack and tragedy in Orlando?
Do we really know Jesus?
Do we know his heart?
Do we know what he cares about?
Do we know what he loves…and what he hates?
Do we know what he stands for…and what he doesn’t stand for?
Do we know what he says…and what he doesn’t say?
Now is the time to not just tell people that you’re a Christian, but to show people Jesus.
And, if you’re going to show people Jesus, you need to know Jesus personally…not just know about Jesus.
Following Jesus is a radical way to live…
So radical that we really shouldn’t have to tell people that we’re Christians before we tell them how we think Jesus would respond to the brokenness in our world.
We’d probably just confuse them anyway.
The better option for all of us right now is to point people to Jesus, and if we’re going to do that, we’d better know who we’re pointing to.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)