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Good Christians 5.14Have you encountered Christians like those described in this graphic? I’m pretty sure the answer is YES. In fact, I’m sad to write that there may be one or two of you out there who would name ME as one of those people.

All too often, those of us who claim we are Christians act the same as everyone else on this planet. We are obnoxious, two-faced, self-righteous sinners who are usually ready to point out the errors of others while ignoring our own shortcomings.

Sometimes, we even go so far as to claim we are being persecuted while we are busy persecuting others.

There are times when non-Christians wish we would do what our leader — Jesus Christ, whom serious Christians, and many others, believe is the son of God — did when he was physically on earth: help those for whom our culture has little time or regard.

Jesus did that repeatedly, treating people from other tribes and cultures with respect, defending a woman caught in adultery from heartless “religious” leaders, having dinner with people who were scorned by arrogant authorities and more.

I’m glad to tell you there are many examples of Christ followers who behave in ways that make it clear, without any need to declare it, that they ARE good Christians. Here are a few:

  • I know of many Christian doctors and nurses who volunteer to serve in hospitals in the developing world.
  • We often read in the news about church leaders protecting people (often non-Christians) from heartless deportation or from death during violent times.
  • Most major North American cities have Christian ministries whose entire reason for existing is to feed and shelter homeless people.
  • Canadian Catholic humanitarian and theologian Jean Vanier started (and still oversees, at age 85) a worldwide network of non-profit communities called “L’Arche”. Those communities provide homes and support services for mentally challenged people.

There are many more examples, but you get the point. In each case, these Christians are being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world that we all know isn’t doing very well.

Could Christians be doing more? Of course we could. That’s why we gather at churches every Sunday, to understand how we can overcome our shortcomings and be “good” Christians. Without having to tell people that’s what we are.

What about you and your failures — the bad things you’ve done and the good things you’ve failed to do? Do you want to find out how you can overcome them through an awesome power that’s truly beyond your understanding? Then check out Jesus Christ. He’s God’s gift to everyone who’s willing to accept that gift.

What are your thoughts? Post them below and let’s have a conversation.

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