authentic faith


Living an Authentic Faith: Becoming More like Jesus

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” (Mahatma Gandhi). I’ve seen this quote from time to time, maybe you’ve seen it too. If I’m being honest, it annoyed me at first. My (sinful) knee-jerk reaction was defensiveness: Really? I mean, we’re just humans. Of course we’re not like Christ all the time. The problem with that defense is that we, as Christians, are called to be like Christ (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Ephesians 5:1-2, John 13:13-17). But lately I’ve been thinking that many of us, as Christians, may not be acting very Christ-like. Maybe we’ve lost our way. Maybe Gandhi has a point. Maybe others can see what we can’t. Maybe we’re so busy following our “rules” about what to do and what not to do (wear this, read that, don’t say that, don’t drink that), too busy…

10 Things To Do Instead of Just Saying the Words “I’ll Pray For You”

When those around us are hurting or suffering, sometimes we feel paralyzed. We don’t know what to do to help. So we say the words, “I’ll pray for you,” and then we go back to our busy lives. Maybe we get so busy we forget to actually follow through and pray, maybe we offer up a quick prayer and then try to put it out of our minds. Instead of moving on so quickly, here are a few suggestions for how we, as Christians, can serve others in need, as the hands and feet of Jesus. First, take the time to actually pray. We need to be careful to not just say the words “I’ll pray” and then not follow through. Prayer is the most powerful, important step we can take in helping others. We don’t want to neglect to do so in the midst of our busy days.  If…