You might have forgotten or may not know, but there are some goings-on occurring in your neighbor's life that they may not even realize. And, by neighbor, I mean anyone who you come in contact with no matter how well you know them. These "things" (and more) are especially true of your non-Christian relationships. But apply these to those you see often. Here's a starter list of seven:
7. They do many important and good things for this world (like you). Their jobs matter here in Chicago and around the world. And like you, they go through many of the same frustrations you do.
6. Not that real abuse is ever right, but relational “reconciliation” to them looks like cutting out toxic people out of their lives. Self-preservation is more important than forgiveness.
5. Raising their kids to believe in themselves and NOT God.
4. Will watch an on-screen character be “redeemed” through self-actualization without any thought of their own need for redemption.
3. They’ll go to a funeral this year to “celebrate” a life lived without much meaningful reflection on their own mortality. Yet, they are scared and dissatisfied.
2. Many don’t own a Bible or know a real Christian who has shared God’s Gospel with them.
1. They are unaware of or unbelieving in a real enemy called Satan and that without Christ’s intervention, he will deceive them into a hopeless, eternal doom called hell.
What else might you add?
What are you doing about it?
This is sobering stuff. It’s hardly “religion” in the squishy sense of the term. This is about a rescue operation, and ASCC family, you’re part of the rescue. Our weekly worship gathering is hardly a formality or a spiritual “box” checked off. We gather in order to scatter to our different neighborhoods and vocations as participants in Jesus’ rescue. This takes sobriety AND joy.