We’ve all met someone who talks as though they’ve obtained enlightenment. They try to redirect every conversation into a platform for preaching their wisdom. Sometimes I feel like I’m that person; the village eccentric who sees everything differently and can’t shake the restless feeling like you have to spit it out to anyone who will listen. I know my personality and I know that if I don’t have something balancing me out, I can drift off into crazy land as I obsess over ultimate questions.
Sometimes I feel bad for the Pharisees in the Bible. When it comes to faithful and diligent observance of the commandments, no one could rival their commitment. For all their effort, however; when the Messiah (Jesus) finally showed up on the scene, he doesn’t have many nice things to say to them. So what gives? After all, the commandments were given to them by God. It almost seems like a cruel trick to itemize such a comprehensive moral law, as is found in the Torah, and then treat its most strict observers with contempt.
The fundamental mission of the Christian Church is to be a mission. It is to witness the love of God to the world and in so doing, invite people into an encounter with him and a thrilling romance of reconciliation and redemption.There are many ways to embrace a missional disposition, but for many of us living our lives in society, the best way to accomplish this is by what I’ve heard described as question based evangelism. It is an approach by which we learn to grow in deep intimacy with God so that, by his grace, we will be filled with the kind of joy and peace that aren’t easily overlooked by people living in the orbit of your life. They could be family members, co-workers/colleagues, friends, or just people you see on the bus every morning.
Whether we like it or not, Christians are held to a high standard of behaviour. It’s imposed on us from a variety of sources - like those who are highly critical of Christianity, fallen away Christians, and by the moral standard that Christ himself outlines in his teachings. How you behave publicly says a lot about the things that are important to you and if people happen to know that you’re a Christian, then it’s going to reflect on your faith too.