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    October 11, 2007

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    Josh Reich

    it is an interesting article scott. i posted some of my thoughts here: http://missionalthoughts.wordpress.com/2007/10/10/christianitys-image-problem/

    Will Hinton

    Scott: thought you might like to check out this interview I conducted with UnChristian co-author Gabe Lyons.

    http://www.goodwillhinton.com/good_will_hinton_weekly_podcast_gabe_lyons

    T

    Yeah, I read this article yesterday & blogged about it. It' urks me a bit...

    Chilly Chilton

    Christianity getting bad press & negative revues... that's fresh.

    Anyone ever ask other "faiths" about their views of homosexuality? Most hold similar or even more drastic views. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_and_homosexuality

    The key, for me, is how I LOVE the Lord and others. On a national, media, level I won't change perception, but I do everyday in my city.

    Thanks Scott.

    John

    great video for thought. also great comments for thought as well. God bless it all. i enjoy reading. john in colorado.

    heather egly

    In regards to "jesus vs. christian video"...this was an interesting video in lots of ways!

    Based on a few people interviewed, it shows us how Christians can allow room for growth in the way we come across to people, creative ways to spread the good news, relevance without mirroring the world. The world needs to see true love among Christians. Maybe that’s an idea of why we’re not able to demonstrate how we are different than the world?

    People need to experience God in their lives in a real way...they're looking for Love to be demonstrated... that Love should be spread to them by Christians, based on our personal relationship with God... Love being the basis of our faith in God. If we don't feel loved, how can we extend that love to the world? Love is being kind, sensitive to help others, considerate… and on it goes.

    Some people, whether they see love or not, will reject God all together. Why? Some could be a wrong idea of who God really is (they've been told lies about God and how he is and are repulsed by him)...I think most is due to deception... & they've hardened their hearts and are blind to him. Does this mean the Gospel isn’t relevant? No. It means people have closed their hearts to listening to truth … it doesn’t help though, to have a crazy “Christian” around them either as their so called example of “what a Christian is.” So there can be lots of factors...

    Accepting God is a choice… People will still choose to reject.

    It's sad that most viewed Jesus more loving than a Christian. We'd hope that Christians would be an example of Jesus’ ways, to them. Most people have had crazy encounters with Christians, sadly. The world has seen extreme and weird Christians and have viewed all Christians as weird. Assuming God is the same way.
    God doesn't want us to be obnoxious to people about the Gospel... God's not obnoxious. It's the simplicity of the Gospel and expressing God's love to them, in action and in words. Our lives hopefully will be transformed by God through him ministering to us by his love first.

    A loving gospel may offend people still. The Pharisees were offended by Jesus. Why? They believed they could get to God by their works... But didn’t Jesus present to them Love??? Even a message of Love will offend some. They still chose to reject the message of Love. They were deceived.

    I think the world will be offended to know that God hates homosexuality.. b/c they're deceived into thinking it's ok. God will not reject the person, though his act is gross...however, I believe Jesus would point them to truth...that is love. He would still love them whatever they chose to do..but he wouldn't wink at their sin. But we don't need to be obnoxious to these people...we can't force them to change. We shouldn't. They need to experience the Love of God in their lives! They need Jesus as much as we do!

    So this is a very long message… wow! As we experience God’s love ourselves and find out people’s needs around us…We can be relevant by sharing God’s goodness to people, but know that they may be offended anyways.

    Josiah

    The so-called "outsiders" that say they have "no immediate theological complaint" with the Bible, but find Christians themselve to be "too anti-homosexual" and "too judgmental" DO NOT TRULY have a problem with Christians at all. They have a problem with the Word of God.

    Why? Because TRUE Christians are nothing more than A PRODUCT of The Word of God. No more, no less.

    If anyone has complaints about Christians or Christianity, they should consult The Holy Bible before being "judgemental" themselves.

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