And excerpt from ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell
So is it true that the kind of person you are doesn’t ultimately matter, as long as you’ve said or prayed or believed the right things? If you truly believed that, and you were surrounded by Christians who believed that, then you wouldn’t have much motivation to do anything about the present suffering of the world, because you would believe you were going to leave someday and go somewhere else to be with Jesus. If this understanding of the good news of Jesus prevailed among Christians, the belief that Jesus’s message is about how to get somewhere else, you could possibly end up with a world in which millions of people were starving, thirsty, and poor; the earth was being exploited and polluted; disease and despair were everwhere; and Christians weren’t known for doing much about it. If it got bad enough, you might even have prople rejecting Jesus because of how his followers lived.
That would be tragic.
Now I know that this is not the whole story, but I think it’s an interesting point, and sadly true. It’s not true for everyone, but true enough that it’s a recognisable story, and the dominant one of our culture. At least it seems to be the dominant way that Christians are perceived.