From unnatural marriages to forced bathroom edicts, we're living in a social and political climate that seeks and desires to stump out the Christian faith in public life. Those who seek to do this, are and have created policies to force Jesus disciples (Devote Christians) underground or into extinction.
In Three Things That Define a Jesus Disciple, I wrote that, the word disciple holds great significance in the New Testament. It is mentioned 269 times, compared to only 3 times for the word Christian, and only twice for the word believers.
No matter what your Christian denomination, this current culture views you as poisonous and extremist. By the way, this thinking is gaining momentum.
Here are five reasons disciples of Jesus are labeled as extremist:
- You believe Jesus is the only way to salvation.
- You pray for people you don’t know.
- You believe marriage is meant to be a union between a man and a woman.
- You believe Christians have a responsibility and mandate to evangelize.
- You believe that the Bible is the true inspired word of God for all people.
If the above mentioned describes you, you should also know that for many, you are believed to be a bigot, judgmental and hypocritical.
Between 42 and 46 percent of Americans view Jesus disciples as part of the problems with America. See Good Faith by: David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.
No matter what you may think about this, the writing is on the wall. The question is what do we want the writing to say as we move forward? Better yet, can we change Americas perception of us, without compromising His word?