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Throwing Cold Water: Some Days It’s Difficult to Tell the Christian from the Non

A friend of mine said, “I know that we’re supposed to go to church because when coals get separated, they grow cold alone. But when I take my little fire to church someone always throws cold water on it.” He stopped attending because every time he went he would return home more discouraged and lonely than before. Someone always threw water on his fire!

Sound familiar? I hear this pretty often. Have you ever wondered whether something you might have said or done has driven someone else away from the church? I suspect that every one of us is guilty in this respect. We get involved in our little group during coffee hour, or are busy trying to get out of church as fast as we can. Maybe we can’t wait to check our social media updates so we don’t take that extra time to reach out and be kind. More and more, people are developing a personal relationship with their smart phones, not a Smart Creator!

It is often said that we Christians may not be the best argument for the faith, but we are the best argument against it—some days it’s difficult to tell the Christian from the non. We may claim that “Christians aren’t perfect, they’re only forgiven,” but often that’s just a lazy and lame excuse for not being who we are called to be.

What if we recovered the biblical truth that our relationships with our believing brothers and sisters are sacred? Why? Because they’re eternal. In fact, they’re the only ones that are. And they’re the most powerful testimony to the unbelieving world that the Gospel is true.

Let’s go out today fully conscious of this most urgent mission and ready to put it into daily practice: as the body of Christ, what we do and say to one another, how we treat each other, is one of the most important things we’ll ever do on earth.

John Snyder

John I. Snyder is an international pastor, conference speaker, and author of the book "Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame" (ranked #1 on Christian Ethics in Theology on Amazon) from Abingdon Press. His highly acclaimed prayer guide "Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God" (ranked #1 on Meditations on Amazon books, #1 on Prayer on Amazon Kindle, #9 on Christian living on Amazon) from Thomas Nelson Publishers has transformed the lives of readers all over the world, taking them on a 100-day journey in prayer over a specific issue or circumstance in their lives. Pastor John received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and he received his Doctor of Theology degree magna cum laude in New Testament Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland. John has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more. Pastor John is host of the podcast The Walk on Theology Mix. The Walk is about our faith walk, the way we live out our faith in our daily life. It brings conversations of faith from all aspects with writers, pastors, friends, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others

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