Faith Builders
Getting Honest About Church

by Susan

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Janice is away until Tuesday, so I’m trying to fill in for her.

But the problem is Janice and I are very different. She’s the writer and I’m the techie. And while we’ve both been Christians all our lives, I have spent much less time studying the Bible than she has. So when it comes to writing about Christianity, I generally leave it to her.

But, it’s time for our monday Meme at Faith Lifts, so I’ll try and join the discussion a little… I’ll share a few of my thoughts on Heather’s discussion questions and then maybe you can help me out and add some of your thoughts in our comment section or on your own blog. If you join the discussion on your own blog, remember to sign the list at Faith Lifts.

Faith Builders

Discussion – Part 1:
What does it mean for our hearts to start beating more and more like God’s? How could this change the way the world sees Christianity?

I think it all comes down to love.

We’ve all heard it before… “God is love.” It sounds simple. But it’s probably one of the toughest truths for us to fully comprehend and basically impossible for us to emulate on our own.

I think we need to constantly remind ourselves that being a Christian is being love. Unfortunately, I doubt the world would define Christians that way. I think if you stopped a hundred people in the street and asked them what they thought Christianity was about, you wouldn’t hear the word “love”.

And I think that is one of the saddest things. God has done everything to show us that He is love, yet we have done a terrible job of sharing that message.

If our hearts beat more like God’s, the world would see that Christianity is about love and it would completely change people’s attitude towards Christians.

Discussion – Part 2:
When it comes to church, what do you think God has in mind?

I think God wants our churches to be places of sincere worship, biblical teaching and loving fellowship. Again, it sounds simple, but we humans tend to mess up everything. And we certainly mess up churches.

Thankfully, God is patient with us and I think He still loves to see His people meet together and worship Him.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Nancy October 9, 2006 at 9:52 am

pretty good for a techie….
Actually, it was really good. :) You’re right; being a Christian is being love. Living it every day is the hard part.

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2 Erna October 9, 2006 at 7:27 pm

Susan, I think you did a fine job of sharing on this meme. :0) I agree that it all sounds so simple yet it often isn’t. Humanity gets in the way.

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3 Rena October 9, 2006 at 8:25 pm

I was thinking the same thing as Nancy..pretty profound and well said for a techie! Great stuff. Our church announced yesterday that starting next Sunday they’re sending teams of two or three into a different church (from all denominations) every Sunday to sit and pray for that church..for it’s people, it’s pastors, it’s finances, it’s growth, it’s unity, it’s knowledge of God’s will for it, … it blew me away!! This is the start of something wonderfully unifiying and good, I’m thinking, and can’t help wonder that God’s vision for the Body was that it never became as fragmanted and denominational as it did. But even there, He will use it to His glory, because we are all one Body!

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4 e-Mom October 9, 2006 at 11:31 pm

Susan, you do just fine as a writer! I love these thoughts, especially this: “God has done everything to show us that He is love, yet we have done a terrible job of sharing that message. If our hearts beat more like God’s, the world would see that Christianity is about love and it would completely change people’s attitude towards Christians.” I can’t imagine saying it any other way. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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5 Janice October 10, 2006 at 12:45 am

I just arrived home – and I can see the meme was in capable hands! Thanks Susan :)

And I totally agree – with your message – not that you are just a techie!!! As you can all see, Sue is a good writer with a discerning spirit.

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6 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) October 10, 2006 at 1:41 am

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments about my ability to write… very sweet of you all.

But, I really do appreciate having Janice back. It’s funny how we’re different and I just do not enjoy writing as much as she does.

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