This past Sunday, I started my sermon by talking about the wonderful thing about Christianity is that folks know Jesus by the people who follow him -AND- at the same time, the terrible thing about Christianity is that folks know Jesus by the people who follow him. AND depending on who you know, it impacts the way you view God, who Christ is, and the church.
Now, I’ve met people (and you may have too) that I was like, “If that guy’s a Christian, I’d rather not be….” I’ve also met some wonderful Christians in my life, and even go to church with a lot of them a First Lutheran. The point is, people assume something about Christ based on the people who follow him. You and I represent God to people in how we treat them, how our faith impacts our daily lives, and if we are people of forgiveness, generosity, and hope.
Now I won’t recap my sermon; it was about being people of integrity and generosity. But I will say, the impact our faith has on our lives matters. People watch what our faith means to us and how we live it. And where we botch it up, there is forgiveness from God, and then we get to try it again.
So – this Christmas season invite someone to church with you. Our 7pm Youth-led Christmas service is a always a hoot. But more so, forgive others, be generous, hope-filled, and live lives filled with faith…because others are watching and you might just be a glimpse of the Christ they need this Christmas season.