I like to observe themes in people groups. The church is a great place to exercise this hobby. I’ve grown up in, and into, an evangelical culture, so I have a decent feel for our strengths and weaknesses.
I want to share five things I wish I could say to every evangelical.
- Relax in God’s grace. Performance and works seem to be the default measure of the value of our faith. We need a big view of works, and a giant view of grace.
- Laugh more. We worry so much about what we can and can’t laugh at that we lose any sense of humor. The evangelical community is short on gregarious Christians.
- Get over our popularity/fame/celebrity culture. We can do great things in the shadows. Millions of Christians have lived in anonymity for centuries, and they were alright. Let’s follow suit.
- Read more. I looooveeeee Netflix! But, a good memoir or novel is refreshing as well. We should allow our imaginations to be stretched more often.
- Enjoy/appreciate the beautiful world that God has made! Aesthetics are a huge part of my faith. I wish we would be a culture of Christians who strive to express beauty in all areas of life. It’s attractive to a dull, lost world!
I’ll share five more with you in my next post. I pray you take these to heart if they’ve resonated with you and that you look to live them out going forward.