And sometimes, we have to understand that people must be offered the benefit of the doubt in order to give their gift to others, even if it is not immediately evident. Christianity is not a brand. Faith, acceptance that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, is a lifestyle. And, when you are honest with yourself you accept that you are riddled with sin which you confess in order to break through the shame of the past to live in the joy-filled present. As Paul says something to the effect of, “Does this mean we are to continue sinning. Hell no!,” but we are to press on to that which we have been called. We find a purpose, and we live it to the best of our ability knowing we will fail miserably and that the only true success is the Victory that is the cross.
I would much prefer to talk about the kindness of Christians, about those serving in soup kitchens at this very moment, about those helping neighbors, visiting people in retirement homes, going on mission trips, or perhaps about the Christian values that helped shape this country, that built the culture so many of us now take for granted.
Let’s just take childhood for example, the very concept of childhood is actually a Christian invention, as is education for kids. In the absence of those values, children work in factories and brothels, they dig through garbage dumps for sustenance, they beg on the streets, they fight in wars. Believe it or not, life among the humans in the absence of Christian values is not so good if you are one of the smaller, weaker humans, also known as prey.
So, there is no doubt in my mind that the majority of those…
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