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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: The Era of Least Christianity
By Perry F. Louden, Jr


If I were president, I would declare the Era of Least Christianity. I mean, isn’t that what presidents do? Make declarations and proclamations? “This is the Era of Good Feeling,” declared President Monroe almost 200 years ago. “The Era of Big Government has ended,” was proclaimed by President Clinton. I’ve heard President Obama attach the word Era to a bunch of things: “This is the Era of Responsibility”, “…of Openness,” “...of Civility,” “...of Change,” and “...of Cooperation.” Presidents seem to employ the word Era in the hopes their policy (i.e. legacy), usually well intended, will continue far into the future.

I wonder, too, if we’ve been in the Era of Big Christianity. I mean, the Billy Graham Crusades have filled entire football stadiums bringing countless numbers to the foot of the Cross; Campus Crusade for Christ shares Jesus to college students in 191 countries; Promise Keepers have brought millions of fathers and husbands back to biblical principles; the 10/40 window missions bring the gospel into potentially billions of non-Christian homes; and so many more spirit driven programs have impacted the lives for eternity of multi-millions of people. Some may want to see the Era of Big Government come to an end, but few would want an end to Christ-centered Big Christianity.

As much as Big Christianity is needed and commanded by the Bible, it is trumped by Least Christianity. Don’t know what that means? It’s found in Matthew chapter 25*. Jesus is telling the parable about the sheep and the goats. The sheep go to His right and glory, while the goats go to His left and damnation. Then Jesus states in no uncertain terms why the sheep are being saved: “…‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” (Matt 25:35,36) You know the story. The confused sheep ask Him, “When were You in need?” And I can just see Jesus smiling at them saying, “… Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matt 25:40). This is Least Christianity.

Jesus spent His time helping those folk right in front of Him: the poor, those physically hurting, those mentally hurting, those grieving, those with addictions. Do we know people like the one that Jesus helped? And no, you don’t have to be into Big Christianity to be into Least Christianity. It’s open to all, Christian, Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, whoever. Everyone can be kind, caring, and concerned for those in need and bring back the Era of Good Feeling towards our fellow humans.

Oh, and what about the Era of Big Christianity? It should always come as the result of the overflowing of Least Christianity and take second place. Big Christianity might even get bigger if we first proclaimed the Era of Least Christianity.

* All Scriptures from the NIV, 2010

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Leola Ogle 02/11/11
Very, very interesting. Great writing, good take on Era and enjoyed this very much!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/12/11
Your play on words makes a really good point, we do need to minister to those around us.
Norma-Anne Hough02/13/11
Good writing with lots of interesting points.
If only we could all live in countries where true christianity reigned supreme. I guess we'll have to wait for the afterlife to experience that.
Mildred Sheldon02/13/11
You made some very good points. Very interesting read. I enjoyed this. Good job.
diana kay02/15/11
good story and good topic. In the UK at the moment the government are trying to sell the concept of "The Big Society"
where everyone is a good neighbour and volunteers to look out for one another.
a good concept in theory but is a way of cutting costs and paid services.
thank you for your insights and thought provoking writing. The title is a great one too and draws one to want to read what you say.
Brenda Rice 02/15/11
The size of Christianity should not determine how we as Christians minister to the many needy people around us. Thanks for sharing this thought provoking entry.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/11
Congratulations for placing 6th in level two!