“Are Christians Distinctive?”

While looking through some of my friend posts on Facebook, I came across the following report that was shared by Don Denisson, Director of Cross Cultural Ministries at the Churches of God, General Conference.

Don begins his post with the question, “Are Christians Distinctive?” After reading the report myself, the question I asked was, “Are we living up to our name?” Have a read for yourself, then take time to ask yourself those questions.

The Apostolic Fathers include this report from the 2nd century A.D.:

“Christians are not distinguished from the rest of humanity by country, language or custom. For nowhere do they live in cities of their own, nor do they speak some unusual dialect, nor do they practice an eccentric way of life. This teaching of theirs has not been discovered by the thought and reflection of ingenious people, nor do they promote any human doctrine, as some do.

But while they live in both Greek and barbarian cities, as each one’s lot was cast, and follow the local customs in dress and food and other aspects of life, at the same time they demonstrate the remarkable and admittedly unusual character of their own citizenship.

They live in their own countries, but only as nonresidents; they participate in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign country is their fatherland and every fatherland is foreign. They marry like everyone else, and have children, but they do not expose their offspring. They share their food but not their wives. They are in the flesh, but they do not live according to the flesh. They live on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They obey the established laws; indeed in their private lives they transcend the laws. They love everyone, and by everyone they are persecuted. They are unknown, yet they are condemned; they are put to death, yet they are brought to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich; they are in need of everything, yet they abound in everything. They are dishonored, yet they are glorious in their dishonor; they are slandered, yet they are vindicated. They are cursed, yet the bless; they are insulted, yet they offer respect. When they do good, they are punished as evildoers; when they are punished, they rejoice as though brought to life… they are assaulted as foreigners… they are persecuted, yet those who hate them are unable to give a reason for their hostility.”

Diognetus

Reading the Bible and knowing who God is should change us to look more like Him. Are there changes you need to make in your life that will point people to Jesus?

Pastor Stef

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