Let’s Get Started!
I guess the most logical place to start a blog is by introducing myself and what I intend to do with this blog space. My name is Stan Rodda and I am a follower of the teachings of Christ. I firmly believe that the church (when done properly and scripturally) can be and is designed to be the very avenue by which God interacts with His creation. Traditional definition of church will lead many to disagree with that statement, thinking that God doesn’t just interact with His creation in a building on Sunday morning. I agree with this assessment. I do not believe in the traditional definition of church. I believe that the church is made up of people from all walks of life, nationalities, genders & race. This group of people that God calls the church can be used by God to interact with the world and to share the grace of God with humanity.
In my humble opinion, the church (people who claim to follow Christ) have done a poor job being the church in our world. Often times we have misrepresented Christ in terrible ways (AKA- the Crusades). The church must wake up and realize what is going on in the culture around them. When we awaken to the reality of what is really going on in God’s world, I believe we will be better equipped to make a positive impact on it. I intend to use this blog as an opportunity for Christ followers from many backgrounds to come and share their experiences with the culture. For churches around the world to share ideas and encouragement. And even a place for people who wouldn’t classify themselves as followers of Christ, to come and share their stories as well.
The Apostle Paul is a great example for this. He taught us to be aware of the world and people around us, and to use those opportunities to share Christ with our culture. He said in 1 Corinthians 9:20, 22- “To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews…To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak, I have become all things to all men so that I may by all mean save one.” If the church doesn’t have an awakening to the culture around them, we will continue to suffer in our mediocrity and ineffectiveness. It’s time for the church to experience a Cultural Awakening.