Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LOVE on Christianity

Today in our New Testament class, our burdened professor wept for his martyred missionary friends. Heavily, he cautioned us about a tendency he discovered in our school in recent years – he thinks that the students at our school are failing to radiate the grace of God.

I don’t mean to fit his caution into my own agenda, but personally, I believe that this tendency is not just a thing at our school. I believe that it is a byproduct of the Reductionist Evangelism, and it is effecting our Christian young adult generation WORLDWIDE.
In Matt 22:37-39, Jesus says to the Teacher of the Law, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."

LOVE is God's greatest commandment, but since when it became irrelevant and trivialized to the things we do, and since when the actions it brings out became the main course, yet LOVE itself became the Salt without saltiness?

I know that you may disagree, and I know that you think you are a loving and caring Christian. Matter of fact, most of the Christians I know are loving and caring. But are you sure that’s how people perceive us? Are you sure that’s how people describe us? If not, is it because they are narrow minded or just antichrist?

When we treat the reductionist gospel as a magic spell, throwing it in people’s face, and convincing ourselves that it is to “share the good news”, are you sure people can really feel the “good” about this “news”? Do we care more about the conversion rate than people’s life? Or do we treat people like objects on the production line?

We are living in a time when gospel is like the water on a plate – wide, yet shallow. How could it represent the oceanic love and grace of God? No wonder there are Christians who go on to seek Tarot and fortunetelling, no wonder we have Sunday Christians, no wonder people identify Christians as nothing more than the religious people.

For the gospel well received during the witness, besides thank the Holy Spirit for His work, don’t forget that your harvest came from the seeds others sowed. When we enjoyed being the harvesters, don’t forget that it is always good to be the sowers for a change. Most importantly, every once a while, we need to slow down and spend time to get our motives right.

I’m not writing this because I’m such a big loving and caring person. I’m writing this because I became a Christian – not through the gospel – but through the Christians who lived out the image of Jesus Christ, and by seeing with my own eyes the Christian lives changed and blessed. Don’t ever underestimate the power of the radiation of God’s love and grace.

As for my friends, my definition of loving you is absolutely NOT by giving you whatever you want or telling you whatever you want to hear. As Peter says in Acts 3:6, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you”, and what I have is the gospel – the living bread for your hunger, living water for your thirst. The people or gods who give you whatever you want or telling you whatever you want to hear don’t care whether they are giving you junk food or poison, whether they are telling you lies or mocks.

I know I’m not the most loving and caring person you know, but I know I’m an honest and genuine person, and I know that I’m probably the only one who would cry bitterly at nights for your struggles, and who’ll fight for you to the very end for your spirit.

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