Does it bother you that when they think about Christians a lot of people see us as angry, judgmental, right-wing finger-pointers with political agendas? You might not think this is a fair characterization; but it’s a reputation that, by association, is ours. Maybe it’s true that for every individual who earned the world’s mistrust there are ten legitimate Christ followers who deserve a better rap. Problem is, it’s harder to unlearn something wrong than to learn it right the first time. Helping our culture unlearn their notions about us and, more importantly, notions about Jesus, is an uphill battle.
We can’t very well expect people to trust our Christ if they’re all gummed up with mistrust for his followers. We have to find ways to earn their trust back.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends