So I was thinking about an article I just read in World magazine. It was about the rise of Christianity in China, which is estimated as comprising (and, as far as the communists are concerned, compromising) approximately 1/13 of the population. The explosive growth of fundamental Christianity in the face of persecution (how else does Christianity ever grow?) seems to have left government officials with an uncomfortable tradeoff. Christians don’t approve of the secular and immoral government, but on the other hand they pay their taxes, don’t cause uprisings, and care for the growing impovrished sector of the city population. The government would love to get rid of the Christians (sound like our government?) but there are just too many of them, and they’re just so confounded well behaved!
This brings me to my real point, that Chinese Christians apparently look up to American Christians. Most of the Chinese believers have been christians for less than five years, but America was founded by Christians! The Americans know what they are doing! They’re mature! They have walked with God for years, and their culture reflects it! Right?
I won’t waste your time with a long winded denouncement, but the fact that these new Christians are looking up to the USA is an upsetting prospect, almost in the digestive sense. My challenge is to those of you who claim to be Christians, GET IT RIGHT! We should know what we are doing, but we are ignorant! We should be mature, but we are mewling infants, slobbering out doctrines we know nothing about! Should not our culture shine with goodness? Should we not be proud to lead these new brothers and sisters and say “Follow me, as I follow Christ” just as the Apostles said before us? The state of the church in the US (and over most of the world) frankly enrages me. Take a good look at your life, are you obediant, or just obese? Can you say more than “Braaaaaaaains” in defense of Christ? Trust in the Lord and be a fanatic for him.
The little children are watching.