How often do Christians get into the press and media for telling others that they have it wrong or are doing the wrong things etc? Pretty well all of the time it seems to me. I know the press likes bad news not good, but as a Christian I have good news to proclaim! I recall a Noel Richards song on the Warrior disc which has this as its subject -
Who can mend hearts that are broken?
Who can bring comfort to all those who mourn?
Who can bring light in the darkest times?
Who can bring peace to the fearful mind?
We have the answer, treasure to share
Through our endeavour, God's love is declared
We have the answer through us he brings
Good news to all the world
As Christians we can spend a lot of our time telling others that what they are doing is wrong, we can proclaim a really negative view of the Church that seems always to be against, fun, against celebration or the way the celebrate (like Christmas and Easter), against one thing or another. The problem, it seems to me , is that those we target do not see what they are doing as wrong. How can they offend a God that many don't know or accept?
A positive example, which has, in my opinion been great this year, is the number of churches in my area that have offered a safe and fun alternative to "trick or treat", the celebration of Hallow'en. Our church had parties themed "Super Heroes" based around a DVD set "Friends and Heroes", with games, food, sweets, DVD based Bible stories. Teenagers from several churches prayer walked the area, handed out free gifts and posted simple leaflets to many houses. All very well received in our area.
So instead of simply saying to the world "Don't do that its wrong" we are saying that fun and dressing up is great. While we don't won't to be involved with or accept stuff that celebrates what we hold to be wrong, theres no reason not to dress up, have fun and celebrate - after all Hallow'en or All Hallows Evening heralds the start of All Saints day to the Church.
We have good news to proclaim and its the way we act and the things we do that proclaim a truth so powerful that those who don't know Christ will take notice because what they experience of us is so different to what they expect that tt will catch their attention. We are as Paul says the "Ambassadors of Christ" proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to a World in need of saving.