A Tale of Two Perspectives
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…”[Charles Dickens]
I’m writing this just a few days before the inauguration of a new president. Seems like things haven’t been this crazy and divided since…well, our last inauguration. For some, this is the best of times for our culture; for others, this is the worst of times. Who knows? In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens also said, “…it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Hmmm.
One thing I think we might safely agree on is that whatever the heck is happening, it feels like we are living in a post-Christian society. This is not your parents’ or grandparents’ country anymore. Billy Sunday and Billy Graham have had their day. Christians, it seems, have had had their “fifteen minutes in the sun.”
If we have figured it out yet, we know it’s time for us to start living with Christ in our hearts, not just with our bumper fish, t-shirts, and ball caps. Now we have to live like Christ, not just wear Christian jewelry and hang out with other Christians who do the same.
More than ever, it’s time for the grace we have received to be evident in public. It’s time for agape love to be more than what we share with our family and church. It is time to live like Christ…wherever we are.
I read about a man who wanted to reach his community for Christ by starting a Christian coffeehouse. Then he realized his neighborhood already had a coffeehouse and maybe he should just start hanging out there and acting like Christ. It worked. Imagine that. Love God. Love others. It may just work…again.
ps. By the way, we have training and encouragement available at the church, should you decide you can’t do it on your own.