When I look around me, I see a world in crisis. A place where people don’t seem to know where they fit in. A place where people are trying to be different because it seems to be the “In Thing”.
Society today doesn’t seem to know what they want. Having been in teaching for almost 2 decades now, I can see how the discipline of children and young people has been replaced by the ultimate “rights” of children. Now don’t get me wrong; I am all for children being protected from exploitation. But children seem to get away with so much these days because we dare not reprimand them or enforce any discipline as it might offend are “scar” them for life. And while society is doing that, it also allows mothers to abort babies for the feeblest reasons. Here we are: over-protecting our children, yet giving them no say at all when it comes to life. Seems a bit like double standards to me.
We live in a world where gender isn’t recognised. In fact, at the most recent Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast, Australia, people had to apologise after addressing the crowd as “ladies and gentlemen”. They felt that it might be offensive to those who do not relate to being either male nor female! Society doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by referring to their gender, but women are jumping up and down, fighting about gender inequality. Which is it… gender inequality or no gender at all?
No wonder the world is confused. How is it possible not to be, when society contradicts itself all the time?
The answer is simple – The World Needs Jesus! The sad thing is that when people hear Jesus, they see Christians, and the 2 are often not synonymous.
Firstly, there are so many people out there that call themselves Christians because they might go to church, but as the old saying goes, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, just as standing in a garage doesn’t make you a car. Not everyone who calls themselves a Christian, is one.
Secondly, even people who are Christians, so often don’t reflect Jesus. It’s sad but true. We as Christians are supposed to reflect His love, compassion and grace to the world. But so often we reflect the opposite. The world needs to see what we do stand for instead of what we don’t. So, on behalf of Christians and the church, I would like to apologise for all the times that we didn’t act Christ-likes. All Christians will mess up at some or other time and not be a true reflection of who Jesus is. But that doesn’t change who He is.
He is The Way! We have lost our way as a society and if we want direction and purpose, we need to look at Him. My prayer is that you will have an amazing day. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk about anything written here or if you would like to know more about why I choose Jesus.