RELIGIONLESS CHRISTIANITYOctober 29, 2017 2023-04-05 19:11
In his uncensored letters from prison to his friend Eberhard Bethge, Deitrich Bonhoeffer asks him, “Who is Christ for us today—really?” This question poses the same wakeup call for today’s believers. How is Jesus represented in the marketplace? How is he introduced to the sector of society that does not acknowledge his Lordship and sovereignty? Needless to say, Christianity has become just a religion when it is supposed to be about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Most of the time, “religious” people support individualism—the concern for saving one’s own soul for another world. These “religious” views do not fully represent the Gospel. The Bible tells us that God became weak in the world so we would become strong and mature. Like Jesus, we must endeavor to be there for others in the joys and sorrows of everyday life.
As believers, they must participate in this world in much the same way that Jesus lived for others. They must share in God’s suffering on behalf of the poor, the helpless, and the oppressed. How many believers have been complacent with being blessed and not being channels of blessings to others? How many followers of Jesus have limited their participation in making the world a better place because they choose to operate within their comfort zones alone?
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Do you still have the burden to reach out to the lost and to share the Gospel so that people can know Jesus?