What Good Are Christians?

It seems that trampling the religious and free speech rights of Christians is almost a sport. A good recent example is  HGTV canceling Flip It Forward. The Benham twins who were to be the stars of the show dared to publicly express their faith and refused to bow down to the gods of this age.

There’s an agenda that’s out in America right now that demands silence, especially from men and women who profess Jesus Christ and hold to His standards,” said David Benham (read a full report at The Christian Post).

It is Jesus’ love for us that drives us to show His love to others, even to those who do not love us back.

As these kinds of incidents continue to occur the implied question from the culture changing political correctness crowd is, “what good are these kinds of Christians anyway?” This comes from Non-Christians and even professing Christians who now say that supporting abortion and non-traditional marriage suddenly reconciles with their beliefs. Never mind that a few short years ago that would have been unthinkable.

I know this maybe a shocking statement, but I am a Christian or what some say is a part of the “Christian right.” This is code in the popular vernacular for someone who believes the unchanging Word of God as expressed in the 66 books of the Bible. It is in that sacred text we find, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” Colossians 4:6 (ESV). Okay, so here is my answer to the question “what good are these Christians anyway?”

The storehouse of contributions from the “Christian right” is overflowing. There are tons of examples throughout history all around us – more current ministries working worldwide than I can begin to name. Hospitals, schools, relief organizations, food pantries, orphanages and on and on. These works are continued primarily by Christians totally committed to Jesus. It is Jesus’ love for us that drives us to show His love to others, even to those who do not love us back.

One example that comes to mind is The Salvation Army who’s slogan is “doing the most good.” It is the second largest charity in the United States, with private donations of almost $2 billion. They apply 90 cents of every dollar directly to programs that serve those most in need.  The last salary I found mentioned online of its leader was just $13,000 a year plus housing – that’s amazing.

There are many other large high-profile Christian organizations started by folks standing on the unchanging Word of God. But, perhaps some of the best work is done by deeply committed individual Christians within smaller less recognized organizations. World Magazine does a good job highlighting some of these in its annual “Hope Award for Effective Compassion.” When you have a minute take a look at what some of these Christians are doing – it’ll warm your heart.

The same holds true on a worldwide basis. It is amazing what God can do through one committed Christian and there are thousands of examples. Here is one, Crossway International started by Dean Chollar who is now blind. He does not let his vision loss get in the way of his calling. Crossway International works in Africa and Central America. They drill water wells, host medical clinics, provide for desperately poor children – in other words meet the needs of the widows and orphans where they are called to work.

I have met Dean and his commitment to showing the love of Jesus is contagious. He is driven by a deep unchanging faith whose truth is expressed in the 66 books of the Bible.

What good are Christians? Thank God we still have committed Jesus followers who hate sin, but love people. These are folks who worship God and shine His light into the lives of those around them.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these… those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:19-24)

2 comments to What Good Are Christians?

  • Diane Spears  says:

    Keep standing for righteousness! No one but ourselves can extinguish the light. Whatever the personal cost, sinners will be convicted, even if they won’t acknowledge it. Who knows, that perhaps down the road, your face will come to their remembrance, and your words of love and truth will begin to minister.

    • admin  says:

      Thank you for the support – blessings

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