Christians ponder how to respond to atheistic “evangelism”October 10, 2007 — Deacon Duncan
The Christian Post has an interesting article about
S. Michael Craven, president of the Center for Christ & Culture, wonders if it is the actions of Christians that are causing nonbelievers and seekers to doubt the existence of God…
“Has Christianity become so politically defined that true faith and the person of Jesus Christ is obscured in the minds of many?” he asks in his latest weekly commentary. “Is it possible that Christians are conducting themselves in such a way that the spiritually seeking are looking anywhere but to Christ?”
No, the problem is that Christ is conducting Himself in such a way as to not show up in the real world. If Jesus would only behave as though he believed what men say about him in the Gospel, there wouldn’t be any need for Christians to engage in any mental self-flagellation over their failure to live lives good enough to make people think Jesus exists. The reason more people don’t turn to Christ is because he does not show up for anyone to turn to. And those that do “turn to Christ” are really only turning to Christians (i.e. the people who really do exist), which is why Christians worry about tweaking their marketing campaign whenever faith starts to wane.
It’s fascinating how clearly Christians can see the link between their own behavior and people’s faith in Christ, without ever acknowledging, even to themselves, that they are manufacturing this “faith” out of their own efforts. But at least Craven seems to realize, at some level, that the Church is now beginning to pay the consequences of having sold itself to the Republican National Committee.