Why is this the caricature of a Christian?
Is it any wonder the media represents Christians as people who are angry and judgmental? Can’t we see the energy spent on boycotts and protests has backfired? Don’t we yet realize that the message sent is more damaging to the gospel than any supposed influence we would have?
The following quote from Donald Miller says it well:
We sometimes take a Darwinian approach with love—if we are against somebody’s ideas, we starve them out. If we disagree with somebody’s political ideas, or sexual identity, we just don’t “pay” them. We refuse to “condone the behavior” by offering any love.This approach has created a Christian culture that is completely unaware what the greater culture thinks of us. We don’t interact with people who don’t validate our ideas. If I withhold love, then people believe I have met a God that makes me a hateful and vicious person. And they’re repelled.
It’s time to quit worrying about being right and start being a light.
Where is the love?
Where is the hope?
Where is the grace?