Visible – From the Willow Arts Conference

Hangin’ out here at the Willow Creek Arts Conference. The first day has been an interesting one. Actually painful may be the better description. Heard a ton of uncomfortable statements throughout the day, but the one that stuck with me most was a quote from the mouth of Gandhi…he said;

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”

Soak that one in for a moment…have you digested the depth of that statement yet? Throughout the day we’ve been hearing disturbing stats and stories all basically saying the same thing. The worlds view of Jesus is fairly positive (good man, good character, nice guy) but the world’s view of us, the Church, is quite sour. Is that a fair assessment of us?

The reality is, fair or not, the world sees us based on what hits the TV or the papers or the internet. They view us based on a few poor (albeit visible) examples. How do we change thier view? By becoming more visible ourselves. We can’t leave the visual side of the church to whoever Larry King interviews or whoever finds a way to get airtime. We must be a missional, relational, authentic and outward focussed church. Visible in our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and families. Visible for all the right, God honoring reasons. Visible for His sake and not ours.

I want what the world to see a church that is living out the words of the Apostle Paul; “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

I want the world to see in us the same things they saw in Jesus… Integrity, character, selflessness, understanding and love overflowing. If we simply live out our faith…we will accomplish so much for the Kingdom and maybe, just maybe…we can change how the world sees God’s church


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