Shortly before I moved to Africa, while at a New York City film festival reception, actor Tim Robbins and I engaged in a substantive conversation. We discussed causes and effects of war, international human rights issues, and why Hollywood celebrities are more likely than professional athletes to publicly endorse or oppose various political leaders.

When the topic turned to religion, Tim asked me, "What exactly is a ‘conservative Christian' anyway?" Tim's question convicted me. It seems that in the eyes and understanding of many, the body of Christ may be doing a better job stating our moral and political positions than conveying with humility the life-changing message of Romans 3:23-25, "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood."

How are our words, actions, and attitudes defining our faith and the gift of salvation that we have freely received through God's grace? Are we, believers, free from quarreling and strife? (Isaiah 58:4). Are we helping to set the oppressed free and to care for the poor? (v.7). Has our light for Jesus dispelled the darkness that surrounds us? (v.10). Are we speaking and demonstrating the truth of the gospel in love? (1 Corinthians 13:1).

As followers of Christ, let's ask God to show us how we can lovingly demonstrate what He has done for us and wants to do for all. , Roxanne Robbins, Our Daily

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