In another thread Salty said, I admit the church has to change in some ways, but it does not need to change the message. IMHO, and this is speaking in general, the church does have to change the way it appears to the public at large. The church must change so that it is not seen as a pernicious messenger, but as a messenger of hope and in demonstrating a better life. Too many churches overemphasis Paul and ignore the teachings of Jesus. Paul's teachings must be consistent with the teachings of Christ. This is especially true when it comes to how we are to treat those outside the church, especially those whom we do not like for one reason or another. In essence this makes them a bad witness. An example of good, the Baptist church in Beirut, Lebanon opened its doors to Muslim refugees during one off the recent military actions that brought grief to so many. The supplied beds and meals. They made no demands on these refugees. After peace returned and the Muslims were able to go home their leaders approached the Baptist leaders requesting meetings with them asking they explain why they treated them so well and helped them. Their comment was, "We have never seen Christians act this way before." Instead of treating the Muslims in a traditional 'your are my enemy' way they followed Christ's teaching on treating your enemy with love. What changes do you see as necessary for the church to make to regain respect and appeal in our world today?