The Upside Down World of Christianity

1) The world says: “If you want to be great, you need to climb to the top of the ladder so others will serve you.”

Christianity says: “The greatest among you will be your servant” Matthew 23:11

2) The world says: “Suffering is to be avoided at all costs”

Christianity says: “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” 1st Peter 4:13

3) The world says: “Get as many toys as you can in life”

Christianity says: “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul” Matthew 16:26

4) The world says: “Look our for number one”

Christianity says: “Carry each others burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

5) The world says: “Never let anyone take advantage of you”

Christianity says: “If someone wants to sue you to take your tunic, give him you coat as well” Matthew 5:40

6) The world says: “Never let anyone disrespect you”

Christianity says: “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39

7) The world says: “Be the master of your own destiny”

Christianity says: “Father if you are willing take this cup from my, yet not my will, but yours be done oh Lord” Luke 22:42

8) The world says: “Hold on to this life as long as you can”

Christianity says: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the Gospel will save it” Mark 8:35

9) The world says: “Don’t get mad, get even”

Christianity says: “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother? Up to 7 times? Jesus answered, ‘I tell you not seven times, but seventy times seven’ Matthew 18: 21&22

10) The world says: “God helps those who help themselves”

Christianity says: “For it is by grace that you have been saved – through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8 & 9

4 thoughts on “The Upside Down World of Christianity

  1. Dawn Brown

    Thanks for the good reminders Dan… I will be printing this out and posting it where I see it everyday at work…

  2. Dawn

    …it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that some of these core principles of the Christian faith are somehow not relevant… are outdated…or not “politically correct”…But we have lost so much in giving in to the the worlds standards and philosophies…When did it become “embarassing”, to become a servant of our fellow man, or humiliating to turn the other cheek? Thanks Dan…for reminding us of the relevancy of Christian principles…and of the new” law” Christ instituted so many years ago…that commandment to above all, love…

  3. Incredibly good post. You refer to them as “core principles.” True. But sadly how often to hear teaching on them in churches? And the real irony of this is that when you do walk in them, life becomes much richer and more full of meaning.

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