A Christian friend who came from a non-Christian background explains some of the differences in that vantage point compared to people who were raised in church :
- Talking about God’s presence in a situation honors Him and recognizes His role. It’s a privilege to recognize him. vs. Let’s be quiet about our faith in Jesus because we don’t want to overwhelm people. Why don’t people in the church want to talk about God?
- When we tell each other problems in the church, we should pray for each other. vs. Why do these people tell me their problems? I have enough garbage in my own life to deal with. Why don’t they take responsibility & just pray about it? Why don’t people pray for each other in person as problems come up?
- The church is the body of Christ. vs. Biological family is the main thing that holds people together in groups. Why don’t people offer hospitality to one another and include others in their lives even if they aren’t related by blood?
- How can I be growing as a follower of Jesus Christ? vs. What, a daily quiet time? I know I should, but the pastor is asking too much of my time this week. I have so much to do. Why is spending time with Jesus not a priority?
- How can we give glory to God with the spiritual gifts he has given us? vs. Why practice so hard to do the arts well? It’s just for us, and we don’t care if it’s in tune or not. Why does the church settle for mediocrity when it comes to the arts?
Any questions? Any answers?