I read the following article yesterday. It made me think of a key reason that the Church is not impacting the world today is the mediocrity in our Christianity.
“One December, here it comes, she (the editor’s wife) made a large sign and hung it on wires on the lawn of that congregation. The letters were large enough that any passerby, even while driving a car, would be able to read the sign. The sign was simple. A three -word sign. All it said was, “BORN TO DIE!” She thought that was a fitting message for the season. The reaction she received surprised her.
People would call the church office and ask if it was the church with the sign “BORN TO DIE!” in the front yard? When she would say that it was, the next comment she would hear from the caller was, “What does that mean?”
She was surprised with that kind of reaction. ….
How could there possibly be people who did not understand, “Born to Die!”?
And yet today, in 21st century America, things have changed. Fifty or sixty years ago we were a “Christian nation” in the broadest sense of that term. People had a general knowledge of some of the things of Christianity. Today people call America a “post-Christian” nation. We may not agree with that statement and deny that it could possibly be true and don’t want it to be true. But, at least, I think we must admit that our country is not what it used to be.
How many people walking American streets today would have no idea what the sign “Born to Die!” means. That then becomes our job.” (Excerpt- Editor’s View Point, The Restoration Herald, December 2018)
Yes, they need to know this baby came from God and was born in the Bethlehem manger was “Born to Die” for our sin. So we may live! That was the good news announced by the angel. However, I wonder how many Christians take this announcement seriously? One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Do we know that we too “born to die” when we are born in Christ through baptism? We should live as a holy and pleasing sacrifice to God. Paul made this so clearly to us when he said, “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:10)
How should you then live today?