I Self-identify As A Christian

No, this isn’t a blog about Target. Sorry to disappoint. I actually feel there’s a much bigger issue that Christians are facing right now and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up fighting the wrong battle in the wrong setting. Facebook is in an upheaval. The line has been drawn and people are taking sides by the droves. Don’t get me wrong, I have a firm stance too. This just isn’t what this post is about.

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We live in a very confused world: people confused about what gender to identify with, what religion to follow, what is right or wrong (and if it even matters) and the list goes on. And on.

What we used to call morals and values are swiftly being redefined and the waters are very murky. Christians are feeling attacked and non-Christians are feeling judged.

So many questions are flooding my mind right now: What if the things that we are calling opposition is actually opportunity? What if it isn’t “us vs them,” but us evaluating our part in a very confused and broken world? What if we are called to prayer before we’re called to protest?

When I step back and evaluate all the “what if’s” that brought us to this point, I have to ask: have I really been doing my part? What does Jesus require of me from this point forward?

He says: “Be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

The word holy means sacred. I don’t know about you, but that’s not generally a word I associate myself with. I definitely haven't earned it and on good days, it’s a stretch to say I’ve properly received it. However, Jesus calls us to stand out in sacredness because he says we already are. Holiness was made attainable through the cross.

Why is it so hard to believe that we are loved? That we are created perfectly by the perfect one and He has a perfect plan? Don’t be distracted over bathrooms, transgenders and Target. The root of our conflict is a rejection of truth. Not the kind of truth that tells us what to do and how to act, but the kind of truth that defines for us who we are, to the point of no confusion. We have to believe our God and His word. We have to believe that we are who He says we are and that others are too. The decisions we make daily either invite holiness or drown it out. They display truth to the point of drawing people in. So, I've asked the Lord, "Do I make holiness look good?"

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

My people. The ones who claim Christ and follow him. He’s not addressing the immoral or confused. He’s addressing his own. The war is won through humility and prayer. The battle that is the most urgent to fight is the one on our knees. It’s a battle for our hearts and the hearts of those who are all around us. Nehemiah not only prayed for those who turned their backs on God, he repented for them. He didn’t see himself as above their sin or incapable of doing the same things and neither should we. He went to God and said, “Lord forgive us.” Ultimately, we play a part in our current realities. Let’s not undermine our influence. This should spark ministry, not madness. Sure, boycott Target if you like, but first boycott the things that pull you from deep intercession and prayer. Boycott busyness and the things that fill the places in our hearts where grace and love is needed. Boycott the thought that the love of God isn't enough- it is.

Will you join me as we commit to the kind of prayer that can bring a revolution? Let's cry out for those who haven't experienced God's love and grace the way that we have. There's an opportunity here, so let's take it. Why not change the world? It’ll take more than just one.