A Christian who occasionally comments on this blog asked if I would be willing to post a question on his behalf. Please help him out by posting your answers in the comment thread. I think we can have an interesting discussion about this:
Non-Christians can only draw conclusions about the Christian Church from the church’s collective public attitudes and behaviors. I believe much of the Christian Church wants to play a vital role in the health of their communities, but many churches are currently struggling with an identity crisis. If churches are not going to ‘go away’ (and I do not believe that is going to happen), they need to know how the greater community could see itself benefiting from the presence of the church. I would like to hear from the non-Christians: “If you were given the opportunity to speak from a public platform that reached a large constituency of Christian leaders, and you could say just one thing to them, what would you like to say that might make their presence more acceptable and their ‘love/grace’ message more authentic?”
Thanks to my commenter for submitting the question and thanks in advance to all who engage in the discussion.
— the chaplain