Are There Any Good Christians Left?

by Larry Hehn on August 25, 2010

celebrateI subscribe to – and read – a lot of blogs. Only a small fraction of the blogs that I read are represented on our blogroll. I love reading blogs from people with other opinions and other writing styles. They challenge me and keep me thinking. Like my taste in music, it’s a bit of an eclectic mix.

But even though many of the blogs I read are quite different, I’ve noticed two prominent and distinct themes in the posts that I have read in the past couple of weeks.

The first theme I found focused on the shortcomings of those who call themselves Christian. You know, the not-so-Christian “Christian” softball team. The Sunday-after-church lunch crowd who are messy, rude to the restaurant staff and are lousy tippers. The crowd that condemns and spews venom instead of showing God’s grace and love. The ones Anne Rice left behind. The ones who need to smarten up (let’s be honest, that includes all of us at some point).

Then the other theme: the unfortunate passing of several everyday Christians who have left a huge legacy of love, laughter and positive impact on the lives of their families, friends and community.

I know how easy it is for me to notice and dwell on the negative aspects of just about anything, “Christianity” included. Seeing those two contrasting themes side by side really struck me.

There are a lot of amazing Christians among us who are still alive and well, but we seem to have an easier time spotting and talking about the bad apples than the good. We shouldn’t wait until someone passes away to acknowledge their positive impact. Yes, there are plenty of good Christians left. Let’s celebrate them today!

Who are some of the people you know who you’d love to celebrate?

How have they impacted your life?

What could we do today to let them know how much they mean to us?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

JamesBrett August 26, 2010 at 6:56 am

great post, larry. and one that i need to read every few weeks. i am one of the venom-spewers — not that i just like to complain for the sake of complaining, but it surely is easier for me to see problems in the church than it is to celebrate the good that exists in that same church. i feel God has challenged me to offer constructive and practical advice if i'm going to critique modern-day christianity. and i have at times.

but more often than not, i don't keep my end of the bargain. i also don't celebrate what is right nearly often enough. thanks for the reminder; i believe you've given me words directly from the mind of God.

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Larry_Hehn August 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Thanks, Brett. I'm also quick to see the problems and slower to see and praise the good. Looking more for the good is a shift I need to make in my life. I'm glad this spoke to you as well.

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max August 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

Thought provoking Larry! The challenge for me is when you’ve been burnt badly by church leaders and still attend the same church its mighty difficult to bring balance.

Typically the ‘bad behaviour’ continues until these individuals eventually crash; but the cost – hundreds if not thousands of hurt believers!

I think it boils down to whether or not we are bible believers or men pleasers. I’m looking for the former – people who aren’t afraid to have a ‘Paul – Peter’ ‘Godly’ conflict without fear of been ‘cast out of the synagogue’.

Perhaps protracted syncism is a cue to move on?

Great blog btw..

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Larry Hehn August 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Great point, Max. I think we still need to have those bold conversations with each other and speak into each other’s lives in love. As believers we do need to encourage and admonish each other. It pains me to hear of those who have been hurt by others within the church, especially those in leadership.

I suppose that, as long as there are people in the church, there will be conflict and things that need correction. I’m not suggesting to turn a blind eye to that, but I’d love to spot, celebrate and encourage the good in our midst while we’re at it.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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