Do you know what Christian practical atheism is? Have you ever even heard of it? It was new to me when I read about it this morning. The bigger questions are: once you know what it is, are you a Christian who’s actually a practical theist? In any case, you probably know some. Intrigued yet?
Ordinary life versus Christianity
Christians are supposed to follow the narrow path. Ordinary life in America usually seems to lead us to the wide path. Here are some ways we end up on the wrong one, headed for the wrong place.
Should we respond to hate with more hate? I dare say, most people know the answer to this question. It’s generic. It doesn’t specify what kind of hate. So chances are, most people would say “no, we should not respond to hate with more hate”. The problem is, in the back of our minds, there’s an “unless it’s ______”. If we’re talking about the specific kind of hate that pushes our buttons – the answer is quite different. Even if we don’t like to acknowledge it.
Are we the good Samaritan? Or the robber? We are all one or the other. There’s no saying that we’ve never been in the scenario Jesus painted. Because we’re in. Right now. Every. Single. one. of. us. Everyone!
Are we the good Samaritan? Or the robber?
Look at the image. Are we the child? Or are we the person responsible for the man being on the bench?
In other words, are we the Good Samaritan? Or the Robber?
And did you notice the image of the person on the wall?
What do I mean by self-proclaimed Christian? And what makes someone a self proclaimed Christian? Self-proclaimed Christian is something I started using a while back. It’s my attempt to try to differentiate someone who calls themselves a Christian, and yet, by visible appearances, doesn’t seem to be Christian.
The headline read: Five reasons why women gossip. I immediately thought, men gossip too! So, what about men? Why doesn’t the headline say, Five reasons why people gossip? What’s going on here? Do men and women have different reasons? Or is that men, supposedly, don’t gossip? Like, maybe there’s another name for it when it’s men? Maybe, like the image says, with men it
How come so many Christians don’t really know God? That’s not a stupid question. In fact, it’s a very important question with a very disturbing answer. It’s all too easy for Christians to not know God! The headline shocked me. 51% of Churchgoers Don’t Know of the Great Commission, according to a Barna survey. I also found it very disappointing. Depressing even.
What happened to love? You know, the kind where people actually care about each other? Especially in times of crisis? Like so many people, did love die of COVID? I know – so many of you are tired of hearing about face-masks. But if you think you have even an ounce of love left in you, please, keep reading.
Doesn’t everyone love their friends? Jesus asked, “Do not even pagans do that?” It was supposed to show that some of the things we Christians do aren’t anything special. That’s what “even pagans do that” was about. But what about the times when pagans do good things that even Christians don’t do? What kind of questions should we be asking ourselves when we’re in that situation?