The editor's comments for the July 29, 2008 edition of "The Christian Century" starts out by saying "The version of Christianity that appears in the media often embarrasses me: it's narrow, sectarian, exclusive and sometimes mean-spirited." This is unfortunately very true. It is no wonder that many people are so completely turned off by Christianity and "organized religion".
It is our mission as followers of Jesus and local church community to work on our witness in our communities to prove that this is not true. It will require work as it is hard to change peoples minds and the truth is that many people have been wounded by the church.
But I'm convinced that each one of us, in our own unique ways, can work on changing this attitude in our communities.
We need to not be ashamed to speak out against that which claims to be Christian, but is anything but.