Saying Yes

Are you ever embarrassed to call yourself a Christian?

When I am in my church, at home, or with friends and family, I am not embarrassed. In those circles, I am with people who understand what it means to be a Christ follower. And more and more, I consider myself a follower of Christ, instead of a Christian. Because if you read the news lately, it is becoming harder to call myself a Christian in public.

Because some Christians, aren’t Christ followers. I’m looking at you Sarah Palin. And you evangelicals who blasted World Vision. And those Christians who lambasted Dan Haseltine for asking questions.

The last time I read Jesus’ words, he said the greatest commandment was to love God, and love your neighbor.

As you know I am promoting a book that I read last week called, Rhinestone Jesus: saying yes to God when sparkly safe faith is no longer enough by Kristin Welch. I jumped at the chance to be on her launch team for the book because reading it changed my life. The reason I love this book is because Kristin walks in the footsteps of Christ. After a trip to Kenya she allowed her world to be turned upside down, and she heeded God’s call to:

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8

When she returned to the US, she began to raise money to build Mercy House Kenya, and provide a safe home, environment, and life for women who found themselves pregnant. She didn’t condemn them based on a political agenda, she loved them.

That is what Christ calls us to do, love.

I want my kids to grow up with that understanding of Christianity. I don’t want to teach them Christians are nothing more than an additional political party. God doesn’t call us to be politicians, he calls us to be his hands and feet on earth. Welch says:

I have to tell you the truth: making Jesus enough is hard, sorrowful work. It’s not pretty. It doesn’t make a happy greeting card or inspire a cute saying on a mug. It won’t make you rich or popular. It doesn’t sell books or fill auditoriums. This is not the Christianity in America we hear from televangelists. It’s ugly and dirty work. It’s a gut-wrenching, soul splitting journey, and it comes at a high cost.

That is the Christianity I want to teach my kids. I want their heart to break when they see suffering or injustice. I don’t want them to turn their heads and ignore when others are hurt, I want them to dig their heels in, love, and be the change the world needs.

 

I know there are more people out there like Kristin Welch. Ordinary, normal people who do extraordinary works out of love. The more I dig into that world, the more I discover people like her, and want to count myself among those ranks.

They are the people who bring God’s kingdom to earth. Not through political agenda and not through war. They bring God’s kingdom to earth through love and service to the least of these. Our one and only commandment from God.

My yes to God’s call as a mom with 3 young kids is serving in ways that will show my kids what it means to be a servant leader. We serve together feeding homeless families, we spend time with seniors at a local nursing home, we cook meals for families who experience a new birth, illness or death in the family, and we just signed up to sponsor a child through Compassion International.

No matter where we are in our life, there is always an opportunity to say yes to God, even when our life feels messy. All he requires from us, is love and action.

Share your ideas on how to serve as a family, and say yes!

 

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