I wish people could get deeper with me. It isn’t that people don’t know how to be, it is that some people feel certain types of people are off limits. Many Christians are off limits to people that don’t classify themselves as Christians. They can’t allow themselves to be closer to Christians because they don’t have the same culture. A culture is a big commitment to adopt and people aren’t sure what it means for them, so they just don’t accept it.
I have seen many Christians surround themselves only with things labeled “Christian.” Only Christian music, movies, books, and as limiting as it is, only Christian people. Please don’t misunderstand that I believe it is good for Christians to surround themselves with other Christians as a way to continually be sharp and bounce off of one another. I also see great benefit in direct praise music so we can get our minds off of ourselves for a change. So it isn’t that this is a bad thing, however, I do believe if this is all we know and hear, we are limiting ourselves from keeping up with real life issues we could help with. We are continually circulating in a culture that is unaware of the outside world.
If I am a Christian, and a lot of this mainstream stuff isn’t doing anything in me, why would we think it is doing something in anyone else?
There is a problem in the Christian culture and that is that even a big percentage of people that make up the Christian population can’t connect with their own entertainment. While entertainment is definitely not all Christianity is, it is the part that non-believers see. Several friends of mine have talked about how they can’t listen to Christian music because it is just so cheesy and cliche. I personally can’t get into something that is just easy and so little thought out because it doesn’t lead me anywhere. It doesn’t stir anything up in me. If I am a Christian, and a lot of this mainstream stuff isn’t doing anything in me, why would we think it is doing something in anyone else?
It is intriguing to me to think that the spirit is in people regardless of their religious status. The spirit is good values, a heart of love, passion for people. It is written in the Good Book that God has written His word in our hearts (Hebrews 10:16), but to hear it or see it happen is an awe inspiring feeling. You feel God everywhere when you think about this. I often listen to music that isn’t classified as Christian. For example, in this awesome song by Tom Misch featuring Zak Abel, he sings about “driving over fears that make us feel like we’re not enough.” Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34, “Do not worry about your life.” In another great song by Lane 8 with very few words, the vocalist sings “Keep it together now, ’cause I know we’re getting close to something, I know. Can we let go and feel again?” Jesus also teaches us about forgiveness in several areas of the Bible and how we should forgive because we are forgiven. It is freeing!
If we wish to continually make connections with people, we have to understand them. Do not miss this opportunity to see God as the world sees Him. As a Christian, you can then piece it together and show people the source.
So you see these are values of God, that Jesus Christ demonstrated, but it is happening through sources without the Christian label as well. This is what those outside of Christianity are seeing, watching, hearing, and connecting with. If we wish to continually make connections with people, we have to understand them. Do not miss this opportunity to see God as the world sees Him. As a Christian, you can then piece it together and show people the source.
Next time you want to approach someone or create a new friendship and your limitation asks you, “Are they saved or not saved?” Try responding with, “It doesn’t matter.” Jesus says in Luke 5:31, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do.” I believe expanding our connections will make the Christian culture easier to accept and even join.