Today as I was driving to the office, I ended up behind a truck with a large sticker in the back window. As I looked at it, I realized that the sticker was the logo of a local business, but then had a red circle with a slash through it over top (like a no smoking sign). This was seriously disappointing to me. We live in a town of only around 6,500 people and is full of local businesses - and we have advertising AGAINST other businesses going on?
But I feel like this has been the progression and path we've been on for awhile now. Immediately I thought about the political arena. At least half of the time when you see any commercials or ads about political candidates, they're often purchased by their opponent talking about how bad that person is, how unqualified they are. Instead of saying "here's why I am your best candidate" they say "here's why so-and-so is a worse choice." I've heard people compare some elections as choosing the "lesser of two evils" (not saying anyone is evil). And instead of choosing who we are for, we simply avoid who we are REALLY against.
Which then got me to think about the church. So often people know Christians and the Church for what we are against, not what we are for. They think "Christians are against homosexuality, and against abortion, and against..." Do people know what you are for or against? Just because you against something does not mean you are for something else. If I'm against the death penalty, it doesn't mean I'm for no consequences. If I'm against abortion, it doesn't mean I'm for orphans or pain.
Do people know what you are for? Instead of talking down about what you're against, why don't you build up what you are for? When people spend time with you, do they know you are for God's purposes, for Jesus, for love? Or do they know more quickly what you are against?
I have no idea who the driver of that truck was for.
Do people know what you are for?
Be for something good today.