Posted by: everynation | November 8, 2010

In Defence Of The Church

by Dave Harder

Amazing how the early church responds in defence of the Christian faith. I wish this was our reality today. When people in your city ask you about your faith what do you say? Is your posture one of arguing the existence of God, that the Bible is true OR do you tell stories of how Jesus is present in your community.

I am convinced more than ever that the answer to the worlds questions is not more teaching but more people showing them an alternative story. Another way to live.

If you read the last post on radical individualism you will find this article interesting/disturbing/hilarious. Sometimes I read these articles and it feels like they are a satire, but alas. Basically it is an article about how one woman from the suburbs of Sydney leaves family behind and reinvents her self in New York… Here is the worlds story of escape and selfishness…

“The Big Apple is also the perfect place for reinvention and rediscovery. Each borough catered for a different one of my multiple personalities. So, rather than channel a desperate housewife from Wisteria Lane, I was more Toni Collette’s character in United States of Tara as I morphed from one repressed self to another.

I took full advantage of being able to do what I wanted, where I wanted, when I wanted. New York is all about independence and attitude and I wore them like a fabulous frock. I pursued the opposite of my normal life, seeking decadence, spontaneity and spoiling.

So, did I miss my bloke and kids? There were tears in the Sydney taxi but the Stockholm syndrome dissipated as fast as the bubbles of champagne on the plane. I decided with the first sip that guilt was excess baggage I could not afford.

Read Full article here.

What is our response to this way of life. One consumed with the satisfaction of me.

Here was the early church’s response… a beautiful response nonetheless!

Aristedes to the Caesar Hadrian.

“But the Christians… show kindness to those near them, and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly… They do good to their enemies… If one of htem have bondsmen and bondswomen or children, through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have don so, they call them brethren without distinction. THey do not worship strange gods, and they go their own way in all modesty and cheerfulness. Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another… And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their own homes and rejoice over him as a very brother… And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously ministry to his necessity… And if there is any among them that is poor and needs, and they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food… Such O King… is their manner of life… and verily, this is a new people, and there is something divine in the midst of them.”

Are you experiencing this kind of community?

Dave Harder is the lead pastor of The Journey in Ottawa, Canada. Follow his blog at: http://daveharder.typepad.com/


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