Restoring Christianity in our Community

Christians are more under attack than they ever have been. Our ideas, our symbols, our values have been repealed from our schools, our courthouses, the site of 911, in our squares, etc. The Westboro Baptist Church has become what non-Christians now believe Christians and church is about. We are considered fanatical, critical, out of touch. It is our responsibility to show who we are and that Terry Jones, the preacher from Florida who burns Korans and that Westboro Baptist Church who goes to funerals to hurt and bring disgrace to those who passed are not representative of Christians. These hateful images are now associated with Christians instead of the love of Jesus. No wonder, people who are not Christians who do not attend Church or read the Bible don’t want to know about us. If I thought Westboro Baptist Church was really who Christians are, I wouldn’t open myself up to them either. Christians cannot let these people silence us either, and I fear that is what is happening. We shrink away from professing our faith because when we express it we are initially dismissed. We have to get stronger in our conviction and softer in our approach. Non-Christians need to see us demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit, not the hatefulness of man. Galations 5:22 – 23 is what we need to show before men: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”