Perception is Reality

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Twitter has a service built into the website called “TopTweets” that follows everyone on twitter and uses an algorithm to select the most popular tweets and Retweets. To my embarrassment, this was a “Top Tweet” today, meaning it had been reposted by thousands and thousands of users today.

RT @JapanPhotos: DO NOT send money to Christian charities for Japan earthquake. We need blankets and food, not boxes of bibles & Fundamentalist propaganda.

The fact of the matter is, perception is reality. Sadly, the reality here is that a lot of people feel that all Christians and Christian charities do is ship out bibles and propaganda instead of actually helping people physically. Whether or not its true is immaterial, its the way people outside the church feel and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Jesus told his disciples in John 13:35 that “by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Needless to say, being irrelevant and out of touch with peoples’ needs are not what Christians should be known for, but as we see today, we are.

I would hope that as we grow in grace we realize that Christ is calling the Church to be his arms and feet, to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, visit those in prison and be relevant to the needs of those in this country and around the world.

Imagine if Christians were known as a sincere, relevant community instead of a group that peddles “bibles and fundamentalist propaganda”…just a thought.

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