Christians Who Make a Difference

American Christianity has a tendency to look to the future for a better time, a revival, a movement of the Spirit that isn't, ever, happening now. But in always thinking ahead, we avoid the present, and we discount our ability to do anything significant because we don’t see great waves of humanity pushing forward to a grand altar call and turning the world upside down.

Like most Facebook users, I’ve got far more acquaintances than actual friends or family on my personal account, so when I do my daily troll, I skip skip skip through postings from people I barely know.

Yes. Yes. I should do something about this. Point taken.

But reading words from random strangers is an exercise in understanding humanity. I paused over one post about the massive birthday party of a teenager I actually know -- and like! -- to read a comment that reflects a common attitude of 21st century American Christianity:

“These are fine young people,” the person wrote, “and maybe they will lead the change needed in our world!”

Seriously?

And what about . . . um . . . you, the person making this comment? or me? or the massive quantity of existing Christians out there who are no longer 16 and on the cusp of hope and adulthood, but solidly in the middle of being grown-ups and supposed to be doing something now, with the wisdom, strength, understanding, and experience we’ve picked up in the last 20, 30, 40, 50, 70 years?

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A generation ago, people the same age as the person making this comment said the same thing, except not on Facebook, and we were destined to be the instruments of change. Did we make it? More importantly, are we making it now?

American Christianity has a tendency to look to the future for a better time, a revival, a movement of the Spirit that isn’t, ever, happening now. But in always thinking ahead, we avoid the present, and we discount our ability to do anything significant because we don’t see great waves of humanity pushing forward to a grand altar call and turning the world upside down.

“We need a Billy Graham,” people sigh, “or an Elijah. Or Jesus coming back. Someone who will make the grand difference that this world needs.”

Well, that Someone already came, He still lives, and He lives in His people, every one of us in every generation that existed, exists now, or is yet to come. And He has given each one of us work to do. It may not involve thousands of weeping supplicants, but if you’re a believer in Christ, it involves you.

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