Tonight on Channel 4 George Hargreaves introduces some people to 'Christian life'. The programme blurb suggests that those involved are "not obvious candidates for such an experiment". But it sounds to me exactly like the kind of people Jesus would be revealing himself to, exactly the kind of people he lived for and died for, exactly the kind of people who should be welcome in our church:
- a biker who's a tattooist and a militant atheist,
- a young man who was brought up Christian until he was 12, and now has a girlfriend who is 10 weeks' pregnant,
- a lap-dancing manager who can't live without continually acquiring expensive designer shoes, middle-class parents who are so professionally busy that they have hardly any time to spend with their children
- a man in his 20s who, unbeknown to his girlfriend, goes out every week drinking and womanising
- a man who found Christianity unfulfilling and has converted to Islam
- a lesbian who sometimes sleeps with men.
Could we just start with Jesus? Let his light shine and expose things that need to change, starting with 'you're not a Christian' and then getting on to life transformation, by the Holy Spirit, one step at a time.
Like the atheist Martin says - persuade me, explain why the Bible is true. Reading the Bible for three weeks has the potential to help, but with all these mentors around someone might want to do some apologetics and Bible teaching that could engage his questions and direct him to Jesus rather than imposing 'make me moral and religious'.
Charlie Brooker from The Guardian notes: "the broadcast will doubtless be accompanied by the percussive sound of thousands of Christians enthusiastically smashing their foreheads against the wall with delight at the way they're represented."
More at Channel4.com - Make me a Christian. Also on C4 at the moment Tom Price highlights The Genius of Dawkins. Articles & mp3s arguing for the truth and reality of Christianity can be found at bethinking.org