Evangelicals Not Much Better Than Prostitutes
Jim Henderson in the latest “Off the Map” newsletter noted that only prostitutes rank lower than evangelicals in terms of respect in the mind of the public.
He quotes the following:
“The primary reason outsiders feel hostile toward Christians, and especially conservative Christians, is not because of any specific theological perspective. What they react negatively to is our ‘swagger,’ how we go about things and the sense of self-importance we project.” —UnChristian, David Kinnaman
“Most people I meet assume that Christian means very conservative, entrenched in their thinking, anti-gay, anti-choice, angry, violent, illogical, empire builders; they want to convert everyone, and they generally cannot live peacefully with anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe.” —UnChristian, David Kinnaman
Christianity will never be cool and the cross is a stumbling block, but how we live out our walk is important. It should be marked by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. As Paul wrote, we should be “ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all people.”
How do we do this and not compromise what Jesus taught in the hard areas?