Monday, October 1st, 2012
Outsiders Looking In (Part 2, Conclusion)
I call Heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
If American Christians live in glass houses, if the glass houses are called media, if media broadcasts our lifestyles to the rest of the world, shouldn't we try to look like Jesus?
Consider the 2012 release of a low-budget film called 'The Innocence of Muslims.' A few months later, a 14 minute trailer hit the Internet. Next it was translated into Arabic and made its way onto Egyptian television. Then it became famous, because the film mocked the prophet Muhammad and ignited anti-American and anti-Christian riots.
Outraged Muslims stormed American embassies in Arab nations. Casualties included war heroes, civilians, and a U.S. Ambassador.
Here's the thing: Radical Muslims see Americans as rich, spoiled, and promiscuous. To them, we are half-naked, half-divorced, half-hearted, power-hungry pagans. To them, Christianity is a culturally convenient facade of hypocrisy--like bullet-proof glass.
But the glass isn't holding over there. While we're considering our next iPhone purchase, persecuted Christians are paying a far higher price. Our poor examples have become an inflammatory broadcast to a militant and suffering world.
Here's the next thing: Do American Christians look like Jesus? Maybe you can see Him in us, but I can't focus that well. And if I can't, how can outsiders looking in see Him in us? Because instead of prosperity and condemnation, Jesus exampled humility and love. He opened His arms to atheists, agnostics, and idol worshippers.
Therefore, let us abhor the evil in ourselves as the highly-publicized body of Christ. Let's look good, clean up our acts, and get moving in media. Because the glass houses we live in can be a great blessing.
As actors, models, and talent for Christ, 'Do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ' (Romans 13:11-14).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Outsiders Looking In series.