Through out history, religion in general - Judaism, Islam, Paganism, and you name it - has often been used in error to justify the bitter deeds of mankind. In so doing "religion" has become merely another tool used by many to satisfy their selfish gain in wealth, power and position. And with contemporary Christianity becoming more intertwined in political agendas, it is no surprise as well that it also pictures a clouded and conflicting view of God.
Undermining the good that has been accomplished in part by certain "Christian activist," would be a serious error, however. We need only consider the terrible atrocities brought about by Hitler's Germany, Mao's China, Stalin's Soviet Union - and the list could go on and on. We can easily see the importance of our Judea-Christian values being intertwined in our political system.
Christians have played critical roles through out history in their politically related activities. Thank God for them!
Yet, a Christian's most important role is not in our being a busy person; a go-getter; a political activist; a super-salesman, or even a religious person. Our most important role and what others should see in us is encompassed in the all important, transcendent interest of God - that being, our individual relationship to Himself. And, secondly, that through our relationship to Him, other individuals may see clearly in us the truth of the Gospel - thus, the loving Father whom we serve.
Many Believers allow their code of ethics, or standard for living to be shaped by the philosophies or persuasions of whomever is popular at the moment, however, rather than God's Word. Thus what they portray is a mirrored picture of whomever is popular.
What is the reason for this strange phenomenon? It may be that what was once kept strictly within the stained glass windowed walls of local churches has now openly and proudly being proclaimed. The terms "born again Christian;" "Believer;" is no longer whispered as though speaking apologetically. Instead, actors, athletes; stars in every field - even in politics! - all are "confessing their faith." As a result, many people have mistakenly believed an earthly utopia may be forthcoming; "We are a Christian Nation!" All that is necessary is to claim to be religious! - And they have lost their focus.
All the while religious issues are being battered about by political forces - and other popular people and trends. There are even religious activists who have endeavored to amend the Constitution to make Christianity the nations' official religion. But all that seems to be happening is that they are continuing to create disputes that splinter the Body of Christ. And the answer to man's needs is not being seen in it.
Maybe it's time we consider — what are people really seeing? When they meet us in our day to day activities what do they see? Are they seeing a busy person; a go-getter; a political activist; a super-salesman; even a religious person? Or, are they seeing mirrored in us - in our words, actions, motives - in our outward appearance, the image of the One we represent? When the world looks at me, individually, do they see Jesus? As someone once said, "[I] may be the only Bible someone reads."