One thing that Christians do a great job at is creating our own what we see "seperate and unequal" culture. Christians for the past 30 years do a great job in living outside of the world norm. For example Christians have their seperatist norms and convictions. That we shold stay away from drinking and smoking tobacco! That we should spend thousands of dollars sending them to private schools! We have to protect them from those "dirty/sinful people" In fact there is an entire movement the 6th largest in the world that says you will not inherit the kingdom of God if you drink, dance, smoke etc (which my friend is heresey). Those folks who say that are the same people who have 9 times out of 10 never shared the gospel with anyone. And my friends there is more to sharing the gospel then walking with a cross down the road, or handing out a gospel track.
In Puerto Rico I experienced a lot of great things. However I use this blog to sometimes highlight my frustration with the church. I do not get why there are so many both young and old Christians missing the mark. I do not know if you know are Judeo Christian values are going away, and Islam is the fastest growing in the world. Why are we not on mission? Were too busy putting our hope and faith in false Gods. For folks in the US, it is the American Dream. It is the go to alcohol/drug for our culture. This might be a bold statement but there is no way that you can achieve the American Dream while being a Christ follower at the same time. Shame on me and shame on us!
Yet through all of the negative, there is a rising generation of Christians who want to change the world through the gospel and universal/local church. There is a new generation that is hungry for sound doctrine and being on mission. There is a generation that is willing to go to the end of the Earth to make Jesus known. In fact in places like Uganda and Kenya, there is an increase in Christians being perscuted. While this is sad, the reason that this happening is there is a Gospel Resurgence going on in Africa.
The same thing happend in the book of Acts which accounts the first modern day church. In Acts 2-3 the church expands and grows by the thousands! The Romans and teachers of the old Hebrew law are being threatend by the power of the gospel! Throughout the next chapters starting in Acts 5 with the stoning of Stephen, the local church goes under heavy perscution (Yes that means people die).
"The highest form of selfishness is to go to heaven alone"