What do we Stand for?

20 Nov

Maybe we’re doing it all wrong.  We spend so much time letting others know what we’re against, maybe, just maybe, especially as Christians, we need to be showing the world what we are for.  I saw something today (in regards to the new Kmart commercial) that someone posted on my local news channel Facebook page regarding the said commercial and this person posted, “Yeah, just another thing for Christian freaks to complain about”.  My first gut reaction was to reply and speak my mind to this person but I paused.  This person might be on to something.  It really got me thinking.  How many opportunities in an average week do I have the opportunity to portray to the world what I stand for as a follower of Christ?  The answer is many.  I rub elbows with other mama’s, chat with neighbor’s at the mailbox, make small talk with the folks at the grocery store and all the while I have the awesome opportunity to be the face, hands, and feet of Jesus.  Why then do I waste that time spewing so much negativity?

Why do we become interested in something in the first place?  Probably because there is some sort of appeal to it.  We want the Good News to be appealing.  For people to stop and think about Jesus in a loving approachable way.  If we constantly on our moral soap boxes we’re just stirring up unnecessary conflict and we lose that possible connection to start a dialogue that could potentially lead another to Christ.  We need to preach the Good News and plant seeds but if we are lacking that neighborly love than all efforts to sow those seeds would be in vain.  We can’t expect non believer’s to have the same filter we do.  Once you invite Jesus into your life it is then the job of the Holy Spirit to convict us and help us to become right with God.  Being a Christian is a verb and we want to use those actions to draw people to Him like in Mark 1:17, Jesus said, “Follow me I’ll make you fishers of men”.  I am certainly not implying that we should idly sit by and not stand up for Christ.  What I am proposing is that maybe we find more ways to be cohesive, to be that Christian that is relatable and not hateable.  To get people excited about all that they would gain in knowing Christ and not all that they would have to give up to follow Him.

What do you think?  I would love to hear from you.

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~


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15 Responses to “What do we Stand for?”

  1. I-Challenge You November 20, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    I think your spot on!
    Going through John 15 in our small group, and multiple times in this chapter alone, Jesus references His commandment: Love one Another!

  2. Karl D Rhoads November 20, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    This makes me think of what Paul wrote in his first letter to the church of Corinth. To paraphrase, ‘No matter what I say or do, if it is devoid of love, it is of no value.’

  3. cookiesandcreation November 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I’ve caught myself being that one who is seeing others as what I don’t like rather than what I do like. It’s been really hard for me to love them like God. Thanks so much for reminding me how I should be so I can look at that and not just how I shouldn’t be.

  4. salruv7 November 21, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Nice post. I woke up this morning with a burden for people or Christians who believe they have a right to spew hatered. We have blended in with the world so why would the world change if even we are not sharing love instead of hate.

  5. terrepruitt November 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Nice. I have a question, though, if the Kmart commercial offends/bugs/(fill in the blank) you, are you offended/bugged/(fill in the blank) by the Carl’s Jr. commercials?

    This was a question that came up on a friend’s page and so I was wondering what other people think.

    • Rebecca November 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      That must be a very interesting conversation. We don’t have a Carl’s Jr. where I live but I have read about and seen brief clips and they seem extremely racy. I think we have been sexualizing and parading scantily clad women around for so long we have become a bit desensitized to it. So when we see it, it almost doesn’t elicit a reaction so they have to keep pushing the limits on decency. As far as Kmart is concerned, I get they were trying to be funny and not necessarily sex. I am offended when trying to watch programs designed to watch as a family and commercials such as a Victoria Secret Commercial, Viagra, or even the Kmart ad comes on. If you have to use sex to sell products I think it is better left on programs or networks that are more adult (grown up tv shows etc..) oriented.
      Sorry, that was a little long winded, lol! So, to answer your question directly I think the Carl’s Jr. ads etc…are way more offensive and the Kmart was just a little crude humor that I think most of us chuckle at sometimes 🙂 I thank you so much for stopping by. Let me know how that conversation goes. ~Blessings~

  6. Hunt FOR Truth November 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    people prefer to hear positive messages… for sure.
    ~ Eric

  7. Rebeca Jones November 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    People are naturally drawn to what we are passionate about. How passionate are we about Jesus?

  8. shadeakinbiyi November 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for liking my blog,.it lead me to yours. You’ve got a great blog! And i’m sure i will be reading more of your post as i’m following your blog now. God bless!

    • Rebecca November 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! I look forward to reading yours as well. ~Blessings~

  9. GivingGodGlory November 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Though I haven’t seen the K-Mart commercial, with what is written concerning your thoughts on any content…Our focus should always be on Jesus and what his reaction would be. When we use our eyes, hands, words and actions for him, we being led by the Spirit of God are going to be obedient to him. Not the worldly ways…and all of it corruption!
    Uplift rather than degrade is the policy we should be following. I am glad I have found your blog, I plan on reading more and applying concepts that are relevant to my life in Christ. God Bless you!

    • Rebecca November 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      I agree with you and really appreciate your wise words. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. ~Blessings~

  10. barbarastanley November 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    This was a good lesson for me. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Rebecca November 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you 🙂 ~Blessings~

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