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When Evil Strikes: A Christian Answer to 'Isn’t Religion the Problem?'
With so much evil done in the name of religion, how is being a Christian any different?
  • Denominationalism
  • Patriotism
  • Moralism
  • Militarism
  • Or your political party

Jesus and anything is always less, not more.

Don't focus on following Jesus INSTEAD OF

  • Mohammad
  • Buddha
  • Atheism
  • Denominationalism
  • Legalism
  • Liberalism
  • Fundamentalism
  • Or your crazy uncle who yells inappropriate things over Thanksgiving dinner

Yes, you could probably win the Jesus vs (insert anyone’s name here) grudge match. But you’d lose the person you’re talking with. Because focusing on Jesus instead of always come across like the kind of petty, dangerous tribalism that causes people to commit the evil acts we all deplore.

Jesus always stands alone. Let him.

I'm not saying we can worship Jesus plus any of those things. I'm saying Jesus always stands alone. Let him.

4. Be More Like Jesus

I’ve never heard anyone complain that Christians act too much like Jesus. Even the hardest, angriest, most anti-God atheist will complain that the problem with Christians is that we don’t act enough like Jesus.

We need to point people to Jesus. But we can’t point others to him if we’re not following him.

No, we’ll never do that perfectly. But we can always do it better.

It’s not about Jesus and us. But there’s nothing more compelling than Jesus in us.

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