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* Statistics from Focus on the Family, Fuller Institute of Church Growth and Church Resource Ministries
Magazine: Don't Let Them!
Let me suggest a radical thought: Being a free Christian who gets grace is nothing more or less than being normal.
In Matthew 12, the disciples are simply hungry and they got something to eat. They weren't trying to make a point, to preach or to offend anybody. They were hungry and ate.
We Christians have a neurotic side. You know it's true. There is something about religion that makes us weird.
We watch only Christian movies, read only Christian books and wear only Christian underwear (which is too tight). We have this spurious belief that we've got to smile, and be joyful, pure and obedient, so we don't hurt our witness. (Better that they see how screwed up you are, how real you are, and how much Jesus loves you.)
Then we wonder why people think our godliness is strange. So living as a free Christian is, in a sense and at least for us, being normal, doing normal things and avoiding the rules that surround our subculture.
Go to a movie and read a novel that doesn't have Jesus in it. Enjoy a sports event...even on Sunday. Live your life.
Sometimes we just aren't normal and that hurts our witness. Others don't recognize us for what we are—followers of Christ—because there is so much other stuff standing in the way.
Be normal. Just be normal. Be who you are.