In my generation, cynicism is cool. Cynicism is easy. Cynicism is negative and it inhibits countless things from getting done and intimidates great people from getting involved. There are voices everywhere sayings things like:
“I don’t support that organization because ___________”
“I don’t help those people because __________”
“Here’s when a charity screwed up”
“Christians are judgmental/only help Christians”
I’m sick of it. Sick of hearing people from all faiths and backgrounds including my own, telling me what they won’t do or don’t believe. Tell me, what are you for? What will you get involved in?
I too fall into these judgmental, cynical traps. It’s easy to be a skeptical hipster and I’m the best at it!
Should we be informed? Absolutely.
Should we know the values of organizations and ministries? Yes.
Should we know the repercussions of involvement and not only consider our intentions? 100%. Absolutely. YES.
I firmly believe we are responsible for who/what we support and why.
Christians have a bad rep, and at times justly so. BUT the church has also shown amazing compassion, gone places no one else would dare and loved people no one else would touch.
Christ was involved. Not because all the homeless, poor, addicted, sick or criminal deserved it. Not because everyone approved of his actions (many didn’t). Because he loved God and others above all else.
Christians – Pray. Love. Act. Get involved. Don’t worry about what others will think and don’t allow negative opinions hold you back. See where God wants you involved, learn, be a responsible consumer/supporter/advocate and by any means necessary, GET INVOLVED.
I’m resharing this blog because I wasn’t aware of how many movements/organizations/institutions have been built in the name of Christ. If the church always weighed those “deserving” of help or listened to the negative opinions around them – all of these organizations would never exist.
Don’t forget your roots.
Good question. I was surprised when researching an answer.
Religion isn’t the cause of most of our wars. According to the Encyclopedia of Wars, we have had 1763 recorded wars on this planet to date – that’s wars, not battles. Of those, less than 7% have been in the name of any religion – and 3.7% were in the name of one religion. Islam. Now you are down to just 2-3% of wars caused by all other religions combined.
So, if the followers of Jesus haven’t been killing people for the last 2000 years, what have they been doing? Here is a short list. . .
- The church has become the largest single provider of healthcare in the world
- It pioneered modern nursing through F…
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