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3 Ways Christians Should Respond to Social Issues in America

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Justice is something that’s come up a TON lately in the news. From Baltimore to Ferguson to Oakland, Indiana, Iraq, Syria—the list goes on and on—demanding justice for people is happening all over, and it seems like everyone is talking about it in some regard. Our country is at an interesting time, with so much happening, it seems our world is bursting at the seams.

This is the time for us to be like Jesus.

Between debates about gay marriage, white privilege, black lives, ISIS and so on, we need to live second. We need to live with Christ’s love first. We can’t set ourselves up for debating; it won’t do much. We HAVE to live to love everyone. All lives matter, all people matter. No matter where you place yourself on the controversial scale of what you think is right, you just have to set aside your opinion and live for God. God’s love should be all that blankets you. His love should go above the anger, sadness and whatever YOU think is right. Our world needs Christ so much right now, and Christians are too busy debating.

Get moving.

We need to act. So what are some good steps to start engaging this culture, a culture that seems to focus on the self and immoral things, a culture that shows Christianity’s influence dwindling daily?

Let’s start with this:

1. LISTEN to others to learn their story BEFORE sharing your faith. People are hurting; they’re demanding justice for inactions they have heard, seen and felt. Let them share their story with you before you talk. Remember, God gave us two ears and one mouth. (Luke 24:17-24:30)

2. BUILD community outside your inner circle of Christian friends. That person who doesn’t know Christ? Yeah, invite them to hang out in a place that isn’t church. Show them the church, don’t take them to church; that can come later. (Mark 2:13-17)

3. BE COMPASSIONATE! Jesus influenced people through His compassion, and you can, too. Be compassionate to people. ALL people. Jesus saw the suffering and FELT IT. He showed his compassion. (Matthew 9:36)

It’s FAR more important for people to know God is FOR them than to make sure they know they are sinners. Let’s stop preaching a message of right and wrong, and instead focus on being like Jesus—because, looking through the Gospels, following Christ’s example seems SO much better, and in the end, it is.

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Queerafrolatina on September 27, 2015 at 21:44

    Shut up about all lives matter. That is idiotic and invalidates the black lives matter movement, would you go to a breast cancer event screaming about how lung cancer matters too? Or how all cancer matters? Sounds pretty stupid right? Stop invalidating our movement meanwhile people who look like me are being killed because our genetics make us thugs under systemic white supremacy. Debating gay marriage shouldn’t even be a thing considering it really is none of your business who they choose to love. As someone with a belief in some sort of higher being, I refuse to put aside the struggles of my people for “love”, hopefully that love will push me forward to STAND UP and SAY SOMETHING.

    Honestly, how dare you say finding self empowerment for oppressed minorities is selfish and immoral? What’s immoral is ignoring those struggles and not going out of your way to find more about them. This article is completely insulting and ignorant.

    I guarantee you this is NOT Christ’s way, He would understand that I had to fight for the rights given to others without question.

  2. Broken Vessel

    Posted by Broken Vessel on May 16, 2015 at 07:47

    I think Christians should get *involved*. Find a peaceful protest to get or think of a new, creative way to protest.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gymnastics14 on May 8, 2015 at 09:15

    Great article. This is definitely what needs to happen for Christianity to grow in America, and it’s actually so much easier than arguing with people and being preachy all the time. This has been on my mind a lot lately and I’m glad other people are thinking about it to. 🙂