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Summary: There are far too many thin-skinned Christians! They allow things that happen to drive them away from their churches. This message deals with that problem. Maybe it will help keep that from happening to someone in your church!

Are You An Onion Christian?

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

22And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."

23But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."

24But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

25Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"

26But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs."

27And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table."

28Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

The title of today’s sermon is: “Are You An Onion Christian?”

Now, what do you think that means?

Do “Onion Christians” make other people cry?

Well, sometimes they do!

But that’s not the main point of this message!

Do “Onion Christians” leave a bad taste?

Yes, sometimes they do!

But, again, that’s not the main point!

(Hold up a football)

I’m holding here a football!

Footballs are kicked all over the field!

Footballs got tossed around!

Footballs are fallen upon by heavy people!

Now, if a football could talk, would it say,

“O.K. That’s it! I’m not going to put up with that!”

“I quit! I’m out of here!”

No, a football is designed to withstand harsh treatment!

A football is made from the hide of a pig or a cow.

Why do they make footballs out of pig and cow hides?

A pigs or cow are not sensitive to the rough treatment it gets!

They have thick skins!

(Hold up an onion)

Here is an onion!

What kind of skin do we find on an onion?

It’s very thin, isn’t it?

And that is the type of skin we find on far too many Christians?

So, ask yourself, “Am I an Onion Christian?”

Now, Sensitivity can be a good thing.

We should be sensitive to the physical needs of others!

James 2:16 says:

15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

God’s Word tells us to be sensitive to the physical needs of others!

We should also be sensitive to the spiritual needs of others.

Galatians 6:1 says:

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…

There are many members of the church who are too sensitivity.

Many have quit the church because someone hurt their feelings.

There are others who still attend,

but are no longer active in the Lord’s work

because someone hurt their feelings.

These people feel they are justified for their actions

because their feelings have been hurt.

And that is being too sensitive.

Listen to James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

Is it not being too sensitive

when someone lets his wounded feelings

place his soul in danger of being lost?

This is the condition of all who quit the church

or cease to be active

just because sermons hurt their feelings.

Our feelings are like warning lights on the dashboard.

If you ignore the red oil light on the dashboard…

What will happen to the engine?

When we begin to be sensitive with jealousy,

hurt feelings,

a feeling of rejection,

these are red lights lighting up!

They are telling us that we need to do something about it now!

If we ignore it, serious damage to our souls will come!

Today’s story is about two church members whose names are Jerry Smith and Ronald Jones? One Sunday morning both men were sitting in church. Jerry heard the pianist miss a note, and he couldn’t understand why this person couldn’t play the hymn right.

Then Jerry saw a teen talking when everyone else was praying. Jerry was upset because this interfered with his ability to concentrate on his prayers. When it came time to take up the offering, Jerry was certain that one of the Elders was watching to see how much money he put in the offering plate, and it made him mad. He decided that he would write checks from now on and he certainly wouldn’t give nearly as much! During the sermon, he caught the preacher three times in slip-of-the-tongue mistakes. As Jerry sat there, his thoughts drifted off to other things about this church that were bothering him. Before the service began, one of the deacons had the audacity to say, “Hey, Jerry! I’m glad you are here today! We’ve missed you the past couple of Sundays.” Jerry knew in his mind that this deacon was scolding him for missing church! Then there was the time when he had minor outpatient surgery and the preacher didn’t come see him at the hospital. There was no excuse for that as far as Jerry was concerned! Oh, and how about that time when they were choosing people to have parts in the Easter program. Jerry wasn’t asked! “That’s because they don’t think I’m as important in this church as other people are,” Jerry thought to himself. Then Jerry began to think about what happened after the service the last time he came to church. He didn’t get the attention that other folks got, he though. “It’s because I’m poor and people think they’re better than me!” During the altar call, Jerry slipped out the side door, all the while muttering to himself, "I’m not coming back here again!"

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