Beliefs Don’t Always Work Out

The effect of our actions can be quite different from what we believe.

Some small number of people not only in the United States but across the world proclaim a belief in Jesus but their vocal, even strident, political voice alienates at least half of the people they are supposedly trying to reach.

They may drive many people out of their gatherings.

Perhaps their beliefs align with Jesus’ command to love one another as I have loved you and to go into all the world teaching what I have taught you and make disciples.

The result is that a majority of people do not see people acting like that as loving, welcoming people.

Jesus followers of the first 200 years of the movement won followers because of the way their actions were congruent with their beliefs. People said, “I want to be part of a group like that.”

How are our actions? How different from our beliefs are they? What needs to change?

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