Good Morning August 25

I have mentioned at other times a blogger I like, Kenneth who calls himself Culture Monk. He is a Christian and has some excellent insights into our modern world. Last week he wrote about a real determent to our Christian faith – Christians that don’t act like Christians. He wrote that there is a real problem when we are “surrounded by so many Christians and Christian beliefs that are anything but loving and good.” This is not a new complaint. It has been voiced at times over centuries past. Nor do I think it is unique to Christianity. The same could be said about other faith expressions. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”(3:12-13) There are many such admonitions in the New Testament. It is also true and none of us lives up to these values all the time, which only means that we are sinful in nature and need to continually turn in humility to our Lord (and others) for forgiveness. But I also think that the complaint about Christians can be an unwillingness to look deeper into the true joy and hope found in Jesus Christ. It is in Jesus, and not just in Christian people, that the real grace of God is found.