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Mind Your Own Business! (30 of 34)
Sermon Series: Good News from God
I can split nearly any church in less than two minutes. How can I do that? By asking which of the following items are sinful (or at best unspiritual):
• Drinking alcohol
• Smoking cigarettes or cigars
• Watching R-rated movies
• Listening to secular music
• Watching MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)
• Using birth control
• Sporting tattoos or piercings
• Sending your kids to public school
• Owning a luxury car or other extravagant possessions
• Working on Sunday
• Observing Halloween
The above practices are not explicitly discussed in cripture. Yet, many Christians have practically come to blows over these issues! This should not be! The church must stop fixating on non-essential issues. We cannot continue to major on the minors and minor on the majors. Perhaps you've seen or heard the slogan, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." This is fantastic advice. But I would also add this, "The second thing is to keep second things second." Indeed, it isn't possible to keep the main thing main if we aren't careful to keep second things second." When Christians trivialize significant issues and hyper-focus on insignificant issues we must own the label "judgmental."
In his book UnChristian, David Kinnaman highlights a number of troubling statistics of those born between 1965-2002. from an extensive study by the Barna Research Group Included are two statistics that show how those outside the church view those within: Nearly nine out of ten young outsiders-eighty-seven percent-said that the term "judgmental" accurately describes present-day Christianity. Of those non-Christians surveyed, eighty-four percent said they personally know at least one committed Christian. Yet just fifteen percent thought the lifestyles of those Christ-followers were significantly different from the norm. It would seem that you and I hav ...
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