Judged by our children

Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of this speech. The words of it are shocking, outrageous and, to use a theological word, sinful.

There’s a question that came into my mind when I first heard this clip on NPR yesterday morning. It’s still haunting me today, and so I share it with you.

What words are we in the church saying today that fifty years from now will be viewed as shocking, outrageous and sinful?

Does being a Christian change you?

AckermanFrom the NY Post:

“Ping-pong prodigy Estee Ackerman, an 11-year-old from Long Island, was disqualified from her final event at the 2012 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas last Dec. 21 when her match fell on the Jewish holy day of rest and she chose not to play.”



It’s not ‘Chariots of Fire,’ but Ackerman made a sacrifice for her faith.  The Bible is full of stories, examples, directives, and teachings that call Christians to sacrifice, to give beyond what is comfortable, to refrain from conduct or speech that could harm ourselves or others.

I believe that being a follower of Jesus should cause me to make choices that I wouldn’t make otherwise, but I wonder how true this is for most Christians, myself included.  If my faith doesn’t cause me to live my life differently beyond going to church, then am I really following the Christian faith, or a religion of my own making that I’ve wrapped in a Christian label?

I’ve read one study that states that conservative and liberal Christians have more in common with their non-religious political counterparts than they do with each other.

What do you think? Does Christianity shape who we are and what we do? Or do we use it to confirm the lifestyle choices we would have made anyway? What choices or decisions in your life would be different if you weren’t a Christian?