Just like when people who are not Christians think they understand what it means to live as a believer. They hear words like church, forgiveness, grace, and baptism and they think they understand. But these words can only be understood in the context of our lives. They need to see us caring for each other, crying with each other, and helping each other see Jesus to understand church. They have to know our stories of what God has done in our lives to understand forgiveness and grace. They need to hear our “before and after” testimonies to understand baptism.
Sometimes they misunderstand our body language. They see marriage problems and think we are hypocrites. We see those same problems as laboratories of grace and reconciliation. They see our weaknesses and think Jesus does not change lives. We see those weaknesses and wonder how much worse we would be without Jesus. Some people think life is lived in a past tense. We believe life is lived in a present tense and will only get better.
So if you think you know about us Christians, I would invite you to go behind the words and see the context of our life. I would be happy to talk about what these words mean. I would be even happier to connect you with people who would show you what these words mean. And show you what they could mean in your life. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the blog discussion at www.hopeforlife.org.
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