Thursday, April 10, 2008

Do You Reflect Hope and Grace?

In Luke 7, John the Baptist hears of the work of Jesus and sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah or should they keep looking. I find the response to John's question very interesting because Jesus' proof is this:

"Go back to John and tell him all you have seen and heard here today: how those who were blind can see. The lame are walking without a limp. The lepers are completely healed. The deaf can hear again. The dead come back to life. And the poor are hearing the Good News. And tell him, 'Blessed is the one who does not lose his faith in me.'" (TLB)

I've shared in previous posts about the disturbing results from research done by Barna research on how those outside the Church view Christians (read the book unChristian). What might it look like if we, as Christians, were defined not by that research but by how Christ's proof in Luke 7?

I've been following the Shift Youth Conference being held at Willow Creek and Shane Claiborne spoke about this very thing. His answer to the question is by living in a dangerous part of Philadelphia and traveling to Baghdad. Below is a clip from the conference.

I love Shane's final comment - It's not by how much we do but by our love that people will know we are Christians.

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