Jesus didn’t come here to start a new religion called “Christianity,” so our testimony is about him and not our religion. Christianity is a construct; the way we organize, categorize, and theologize. But at the end of the day it’s Jesus who saves, and our witness of him so much more compelling than any construct.
We’re immersed in a friendship that we want everyone to experience. “We proclaim to you,” wrote the disciple whom Jesus loved, “the eternal life… that has appeared to us… what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
In many ways we have handcuffed Jesus to traditions, doctrines, and dogma. Certainly, there is a place for those, but they’re not Jesus and can’t save anyone. Our goal is not to download into people all the right ideas and make “Christians” out of them. We want them to follow Jesus and fall as hopelessly in love with him as we are (or more hopelessly).
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends