A young person started asking me about God and formalized religions. Their main issue was that churches don’t involve their communities and embrace everyone. That they needed to offer something for everyone regardless if they are Atheists, Wiccans, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. I responded, “Do you mean like one big general church service?”
“Yes, so that everyone felt included.” Wow… God, how do I even answer that one?
“Well, Most churches have an outreach type of ministry where they go out in the community and help others regardless of their beliefs. Also, no one is usually turned away and can attend a service. But Christians believe in Christ and it is the central focus. So to provide a service to include everyone, and especially those who don’t believe in Jesus would have to leave Jesus out. So basically, the inclusion of all would be the exclusion of Jesus.”
Deer in headlights! You could tell this person had been brainwashed to think that Christians were hypocritical, self-righteous, and excluded others out of discrimination.
I continued, “Besides, if you were a satanist would you really want to go hear about Jesus? Wouldn’t you rather hear about Lucifer? Or the Muslims hear about Allah?
The Atheists? Hmmm… I think they’d rather just hit Perkins before the church rush got there.”
I got a laugh, and a lightbulb went off.
We ain’t all bad. We just aren’t giving up our Jesus to make ourselves look PC.