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Charles, many thanks for your post. I can’t really improve on your points, but I did want to add a short comment.
I hear so often how the world is tuning out modern evangelicals because “we don’t act like Jesus.” How the heck does the world know what Jesus acts like? Those words are mere code for, “You are not as nice as I imagine that Jesus was.” Our generation is utterly biblically illiterate and knows very little about Christ. Yet we are supposed to uncritically accept that we fail because we don’t act like they imagine he acted?
Jesus is not so simply contained and described by words like “compassionate” or “forgiving” (though they are no doubt true.) The same Jesus who said “He who is without sin shall cast the first stone” also said the following: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” He is also part of the same Godhead who ordered the Israelites to kill every man, woman, and child in Canaan.
How does that fit with modern image?
Our goal is to live how the God who Is wants us to live . . . not live according to the false model of the God our culture wants. And in so doing, we need to understand that our peers are not the best source of information for Christ’s true nature.
Finally, how would things go for us if we truly lived like Christ? Better? Would we be more popular? Fortunately we don’t have to speculate. Christ himself actually came and lived among us. And he was executed . . . with just a few brave souls left to watch him die.

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