Christians are the Finch of all birds? Finches are a part of our world's bird population. Christians are a part of the world religion population. Finches are a unique brand of bird. Christians are a unique brand as well. All finches have twelve tail feathers, four primary feathers, and strong gliding skills. If you see these three characteristics in bird, you have found a finch. As differentiated from other world religions, all Christians are disciples of Jesus Christ, celebrate the last supper, and whether or not it is the bodily resurrection or the resurrection faith, Christians believe in some form of the resurrection.
Finches share some qualities with other birds. All finches sing. Finches are found in various habitats all over the world, the desert, the jungle, and more temperate climates. Christians can also be found all over the world for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. We are given our purpose in;
Matthew 28:18 & 19 "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, ...'" (New International Version)
Doug Anderson, head of the Rueben Job center and nationally known local church consultant, at a Desert Southwest Urban Academy session in 2010 showed us how in Acts 1 Christians are given instructions for inclusive evangelism.
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes over you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (NIV)
"You will be given the power to witness through the Holy Spirit" Doug explained "in Jerusalem, which is where you are, in Judea, which is your home, in Samaria and the world.Samaria and the world are the places where the disciples would find people not like themselves. We are called to make disciples of Jesus where we are, at home and throughout the world."
To the extent that we have failed to follow the instruction manual of Matthew 28 and Acts 1, we have failed to fulfill our purpose, we have forgotten who we belong to. We have forgotten who we are, our species and our identity as a faith community inside the world's religions. How can we invite persons to a transforming church when we are not sure of our own species, who we are, and not fully committed to being all that Jesus calls us to be? If we have been given our instructions on what to do and how to do it why does it not get done? Paul's letter to the Romans 7:15;
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do but what I hate, I do" (NIV) is only part of the answer. It is not only the sin that lives in us that prevents us from fulfilling our purpose but, in addition, it is because we have forgotten who we belong to, we are confused. Clergy and laity alike share the blame.