The Skeptics are Watching. Show them Redemption.

Campus Crusade 4 Christ president is in 1 of my classes. He talks about being faithful, yet he lies about his homework and is late to class?

That’s what a tweet from a self-described atheist declared last night.  See, you might think you can compartmentalize your life, and keep “school” separate from “Cru.”  But you can’t.  The world is watching, desperately hoping you’ll show them that you really mean what you say.

And to the skeptics watching, I’d implore you to look at Christ.  Like going to a hospital and only looking at the patients, scrutinizing the lives of Christians will only show you all the ways we are not yet fully healed.  Talk to the physician.  Look at the Jesus of the Bible.  Try to find a fault in Him.  When you don’t, bow down and worship.

Ted Haggard and my Sinful Heart.

I’ll be honest, my first reaction when I see that Ted Haggard is starting a new church is bitter judgement.  This isn’t a statement of whether or not he should be doing it, and I honestly don’t know.  It is a statement of the fact that I am so quick to excuse my own moral flaws and so quick to try and nail guys like Haggard to the wall for theirs.  So as Christians, I would challenge us as we approach this issue to do it with our arms and hearts open and aware of our own weakness.  Pointing fingers and throwing mud will just further the stereotype that we have earned of shooting our wounded just before we toss them under the bus.

As I talk about the issues, and discuss the biblical ramifications of him starting this new church, I need to take care to watch my own heart, that I am not stumbling myself.