In watching some videos on vision again this evening I was really challenged with an idea that I thought about a year ago but have allowed to slip from my mind: championing the good. This evening the idea was tossed around as it comes to vision in the form of celebrating when people do something that is supportive of the vision. For example, when a volunteer demonstrates servanthood, humility, or some other aspect of a vision, it's good to draw attention to that and to celebrate it with others. This reinforces the vision to those around. What about other things in life, though? I think Christians need to champion everything that's good. Far too often Christians are known for the things they stand against: abortion, Disney, or whatever the latest boycott is. I'm not suggesting that Christians shouldn't fight for some things. But what if Christians began championing the things that are good rather than tearing apart unbelievers for acting like unbelievers? What if we championed courage? Or sacrifice? Or unconditional love? What if Christians were known more for what they stood for than for what they stood against? How can you begin championing the good you see around you? What do you think? Am I way off?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.