DayBreaks for 04/25/11 – The Mistaken Message of Christianity
Suppose for just a second that someone came up to you and asked you to explain in a single sentence what the message of Christianity is, what it’s all about. What would you say? There would probably be many who might say it is something along these lines: “God loves you and died to save you,” or “God loves me.” Would those be right answers?
Yes and no. If one had asked how God feels about you or others, they would be correct. But are they really the main message of the Christian faith?
In his book, Radical, David Platt suggests that these are not the main point of Christianity at all. And I think his point is well taken. What’s wrong with those statements? They focus on ME. “God loves ME” or “God loves YOU”…taking the focus off of the real subject matter, Jesus! Platt goes on to suggest that the typical answer that is given is an incomplete painting of the portrait of Christianity. The main message should better be stated “God loves me so that I can make His glory, ways, His salvation known among the nations.”
Christianity has never really been about us. It has always been about Jesus – the God made flesh, the God-man, the Redeemer and Savior of all who trust in Him. To make myself or any other human the main point is idolatry.
Max Lucado wrote a book not too long ago and titled it, It’s Not About Me. I suspect that he would strongly agree with David Platt.
Maybe you need to rethink your answer to someone who asks you what Christianity is about. It’s not about me – it’s about the world coming to know the only Truth that can set them free!
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:15-16
PRAYER: Help us to represent You clearly and fairly to the world that they may know Your greatness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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