Ephesians 2:8-9New Living Translation (NLT)8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Christianity is under attack. From the sands of the Middle East to the steps of the White House we are seeing the church face issues that we have never seen before.
The media today paints a picture of the church as, right wing, homophobic , bible thumping, gun toting, exclusive, hypocritical, judgmental and conservative. This would describe Westboro baptist church and many more like it. Unfortunately, Westboro BC has taken on the face of the church for many people. This must make Jesus’s heart hurt.
Jesus was about a new way. He was more about compassion and grace than legalism and rules. Don’t get me wrong, he was about pleasing his father, but did not cram rules down people’s throats.
When people ask me if I’m a Christian I say yes. But I always say I am a Jesus follower. I don’t worship or follow Westboro or Bent Tree or any church for that matter. As a follower of Jesus I belong to THE church and I am THE church.
The church exists for Jesus. The same Jesus who befriended prostitutes, diseased stricken, demon possessed, rival nationalities, different races, men and women, murderers, thieves and sinners. I fall into categories myself. I just want to be like him.