Archive for November 8th, 2011

The Christian is often told: Your faith is a personal thing.  That’s fine.  Keep it that way.  Don’t bring it with you to school, on the job, or anywhere else. 

But, think what would be missing if Christianity never existed.  Or if Christians didn’t speak and live their faith.  You may hear the media speak negatively of Christian faith and values.  But, regardless of what they say, Christianity – and only Christianity — offers a way of life that benefits the common good and promotes human dignity.  Chuck Colson of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview notes, “Western liberal democracy (which gives the media the freedom to bite the hand that feeds it) arose from Christian roots.”

It was in the monasteries of Christian Europe during the Middle Ages where we begin to find democracy for all – rich or poor.  The moral standards of Christianity were crucial for the development of democracy: People must be able to govern themselves and practice self-restraint before they can rule themselves via elected government.

Christianity made Western culture the most humane culture in history: schools for everyone, charitable giving and volunteerism, hospitals, the great universities . . . these are all fruits of Christian culture in the West.  The belief in the sanctity of human life made Christians defenders of each individual’s dignity and worth – no matter their color or creed. 

Accepting God’s Word as true, Christians believe men and women bear the image of their Creator.  Yes, we are fallen men and women and no longer bear God’s perfect image but, in Christ Jesus, we possess the medicine for sin, receive forgiveness, and have hope of change and new life.  Ponder this.  Then consider the impact of Biblical faith on a messed up, troublesome, and hurting world. 

It is God that gives life and, with that life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness.  To pursue happiness means to pursue right things that when said and done make the world a better place not just for ourselves but for others.

So, if someone says to you: Don’t impose your faith on others,” gently remind them that a Christian doesn’t set out to do any such thing.  Instead, a follower of Jesus Christ guards the dignity of every neighbor – no matter what age, color or creed.  A follower of Jesus Christ promotes ethics, morality, education, labor, and law for the common good.

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