It's been a tough week for Christians in the PR department. Or, as my husband says, "There is a run on crazy right now". A man murdered a doctor because he performs abortions, and cited God as his authority. Miss California, the spokeswoman for traditional family values, does a press tour defending racy topless photos as harmless, while gloating about Prop 8 being upheld. Pious Mel Gibson knocked up his girlfriend while still married. And Spencer Pratt gave everyone a theology lesson when he explained that he became a Christian because God gives him whatever he asks for. His fleece leading to his faith: getting dinner with Miley Cyrus within a month of asking. Good luck luck with that line of thinking.
Oh, and apparently a majority of Christians think torture is alright.
Unfortunately, when we are surrounded by tabloids, blogs, and the twenty-four hour news cycle, sensationalism wins. Unfortunately for Christians, that means that the crazies usually get all the attention. I know so many people in real life who look nothing like the narcissistic, judgemental, and/or hypocritical "Christian" being characterized in the press right now.
So I want to talk about a few. And I want you to talk about a few, too.
Kirk and Heidi are waiting to go to Ethiopia to add to their family. They are a family of six, about to be a family of nine. They had three children and then felt led to adopt from Ethiopia. They welcomed a sibling set of three to their family last year, and while they were there picking them up, met another sibling set of three. They came home and decided that they were called to parent these children, too. They are living a life of radical faith, and are an example to me of what it means to be wrecked for God.
The Livesays moved their family of seven to Haiti a few years ago. I am always amazed by the people I have met who uprooted a comfortable western existence to serving in this devastating and beautiful country. They deal with hardships that are unimaginable on a daily basis, both personally and with those they serve. Right now, Tara is training for a marathon to raise money for Medika Mamba, a program that saves the lives of malnourished children. You should help. Oh, and check out her blog. She is a killer writer and will make you laugh and bawl at the same time.
Francis Chan, a popular author and pastor, was moved by scriptures regarding caring for the poor, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and being Jesus' hands and feet in the world. He made some radical changes in his own life, including downsizing his house and putting his church on a massive budget. Their church nows gives over 50% of its income to charitable causes. Check out his message above.
Jolly Okot grew up in Uganda and has dedicated her life to healing the children who were abducted to be child soldiers. She herself was one of the first children to be abducted by the LRA in 1986. She now runs a program that provides play therapy and dance to address the psychological scars these children hold as witnesses to an atrocious war. She was an advisor to the directors of Invisible Children and one of her programs is featured in the movie War Dance.
Those are a few folks that are representing Christ to me. How about you? Who are some quiet Christians Behaving Well that inspire you and are worthy of some attention?